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Maintaining and Preserving Our Campus 


Having begun our 

second century, it 

is fitting that the 

magazine focus on 

the use of our land 

as a resource. 

Whether you attended, worked here, 
or simply visited Sweet Briar, you 
cannot help but be moved by the 
vastness and beauty of the College. 
Blessed with 3,250 acres of land, we are fortunate 
to be living Indiana Fletcher Williams' dream. 

Sweet Briar is much more than classrooms and 
dorms. We are a vibrant community. Many faculty 
and staff live on campus year-round: this is our 
home. We know our students and they know us. 
This doesn't change, whether students return as 
new alumnae immediately following graduation or 
20 years later. This is our legacy, but along with 
this comes great responsibility. 

Indiana knew the value of an education when 
she created Sweet Briar Institute, stipulating that a 
school be established to "educate girls and young 
women to be useful members of society." Having 
begun our second century, it is fitting that the 
magazine focus on the use of our land as a resource. 
Articles featured include everything from Trails and 
the Community Garden to Girl Scout Programs and 
a Report on financial operating results. 

Working together, we can preserve our natural 
resources and ensure that the College remains 
financially sound for the generations to come. 
Many committees are looking at our resources: 

The Land Use Committee was established 
to study possible uses of our land, increasingly 
important. With US 29 By-pass completed, 
Sweet Briar is only 20 minutes away from the 
Lynchburg airport. 

Surrounding communities are growing 
with developments such as Poplar Grove Golf 
Community, its course designed by Sam Snead. An 
example of SBC's taking advantage of the growth 
is the partnership between Poplar Grove and the 
Florence Elston Inn: our "Stay and Play" package. 
This will be the third year that the Friends of 
Athletics will host their annual golf fundraiser at 
Poplar Grove. Also, students can take golf lessons. 

littee is studying the 
Upper and Lower lakes to preserve this area as a 
recreation spot to enjoy. During February 2007 
Board meetings, the Buildings and Grounds 
Committee was treated to a presentation on the 
Lower Lake by Theresa Jorgensen '07 and 
Kelsey Jeffers "07, students of Dr. Rebecca 
Ambers, assistant professor, Environmental Studies. 
Positive note: we learned the lake is cleaner now 

than it was 20 years ago. The Boat House, still 
popular, needs renovation. 

The Library Committee is updating a 1995 
study as we plan to modernize the Mary Helen 
Cochran Library. We began cosmetic upgrades 
and repairs over Christmas Break. New carpet 
was installed and several areas painted. The main 
library tables were refinished; hardwood flooring 
was installed in the Browsing Room. New chairs 
will arrive soon. 

The Fitness and Athletic Committee 
completed the design concept for our new facility. 
All that remains is funding to begin construction. 
Renovations for the Williams Gymnasium near 
completion. The cardiovascular space was tripled, 
new equipment purchased. The locker room was 
renovated and converted to five air-conditioned 
locker rooms: one for general use, four team lockers. 
We will add a changing room for officials, to 
bring us into compliance with the ODAC athletic 

The Riding Program continues to grow. 
Twenty-three stalls, two tack rooms added in the 
last three years. See Director of the Riding Program 
Shelby French's article. 

Many other improvements around campus: 

• Dairy Barn remodeled for printmaking, studio 
art and photography 

• Babcock, renovated to provide Dance and 
Theatre dedicated space 

• Patteson House modernized (air-conditioning, 
sprinkler system) as alternative living space for 

If you haven't been on campus in a while, we 
hope you will enjoy the articles about use of 
the land, and the people who take great pride in 
preserving and maintaining the campus. Plan to 
visit. Stay at the Elston Inn and Conference Center: 
recent enhancements include new carpeting and 
refurbishing of all guest rooms, which now offer 
free Internet access. It's a great place to hold a 
meeting or for a mini vacation — to walk, play 
tennis, golf, swim — enjoy! 

Without the generosity and support of our 
alumnae. Board members, parents, and friends, it 
would not be possible to maintain and preserve 
our campus. Excited about the future, we thank you 
for your continued support as we look to the next 
100 years. 

One of ihe objectives of ihe magazine is lo 
present interesting, thought-provoking material. 
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Sweet Briar College: Use of Our Campus as a Resource 

INSIDE FRONT COVER: Maintaining and Preserving Our Campus 
2 Lessons from the Land 

4 Gardening at Sweet Briar 

5 Spring Cleaning 

Bringing Science and English Together 

6 The Campus: An Extended Classroom 

7 Sharing the Outdoors 

8 The Butterfly Research Garden: Way Station for Monarchs 
1 "March of the Salamanders" Documented by Students 


1 3 Exploring Culture through the Arts 

1 4 Art Gallery Docents Bring the Classics to Life 

1 5 Musings from the Sweet Briar Museum 
17 Tusculum: Its Past, Present And Future 

20 Sweet Briar College Riding Program 

Sweet Briar's Environmental Education Center 

21 Doing the Right Thing: Sweet Briar Signs the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment 
Adjunct Professor of Piano Nathan Currier Spreads Global Warming Awareness 

22 Sweet Briar Students' Engineering Project to Bring Running Water to Rural Guatemalan School 

24 Creating a Sense of Beauty and Community 

25 Glenton Goodwill, Sweet Briar's Catering Chef 

26 Pal Hutto, Manager of the Elston Inn and Conference Center 

27 Project Management: a Passion and a Rewarding Way of Life 

28 Kids In College 

29 The Time is Now! 

30 In The Spotlight: Sally Shallenberger Brown 

33 Financial Update and General Comments on the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2006 

35 SBC Calling! 

36 Transitions: Sandra Maddox 

37 In Memoriam 

4 1 Recent Deaths 

42 Bulletin Board 

43 Class Notes 

INSIDE BACK COVER: "In the Sweet Briar Tradition" 

FRONT COVER: Aerial View of Campus, Courtesy of Virginia Department of Transportation 

BACK COVER: Campus Photos © Andrey Suntsev 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 1 


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Imagine a peaceful forest bursting with life, dotted 

with burrows for groundhogs and foxes, beds for deer, 

and miles of hiking trails. Add to that a variety of bird 

species singing in the canopy, a gurgling stream flowing 

through a verdant wetland, and flowers blooming in a 

spectrum of colors. On top of all this, picture a couple 

of lakes and a field of uncut hay waving in the breeze. 

No, this is not the beginning of a fairy tale; these are 

the images that come to mind when someone asks me 

about where I live and what I do. 

2 • Spring/Summer 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Tim Kasper and his daughter, 

I moved here in the fall of 2003 
with my wife, Debbie, when 
she was hired as a sociology 
professor. With an educational 
background in physical and 
environmental geography and 
a variety of work experiences 
in wetlands and forestry, 
finding myself near the Blue 
Ridge Mountains and on Sweet 
Briar's campus was a dream. I 
wanted to find a way to promote 
environmental education and 
contribute to efforts to maintain 
and preserve out-of-the-way places on campus. I set out to establish 
the Institute for Sustainability and Environmental Education (ISEE) 
in the fall of 2005 under the umbrella of the Environmental Studies 
department. The role of the ISEE is to promote education about and 
awareness of environmental and sustainability issues on campus 
through outreach activities, workshops, and projects in conjunction 
with environmental studies and other relevant programs at SBC. 
The ISEE's first major project was the creation of a series of 
educational nature trails to showcase the habitats and ecosystems 
around the vicinity of the two lakes on campus, especially the 
neighboring wetlands. Informational signs along the trails highlight 
native wildlife and plants, and describe the important roles that 
certain features of the landscape play in maintaining the whole. 
The nature trails not only provide an outdoor setting for hands-on 
education in SBC college classes, but also learning opportunities for 
area school groups and recreation for Amherst community members. 

One of the trails' most important features is the boardwalk and 
observation platform (wheelchair accessible) crossing the flowered, 
wet meadow between the two lakes. In addition to being fundamental 
to environmental education of all sorts, this wetland is also one of the 
most beautiful areas on campus! Throughout the year, colors change 
from the yellows of wingstem and the reds of cardinal flower to the 
purple joe-pye weed, and beautiful magenta of new-york ironweed. 
Hawks, blue jays, cardinals, and chickadees frequent this spot daily, 
as do various other local critters. 

Even before official completion, the trails are being well-used. 
In the spring of 2006 I led a Field Natural History class through 
the trails to learn about useful and edible plants in Sweet Briar 
Woods. Along with a representative from Virginia DEQ (Department 
of Environmental Quality) and the Master Naturalists of Central 
Virginia, the ISEE sponsored an advanced training wetlands 
workshop in the fall of 2006. The site was designated ideal for its 
"variation and relatively unadulterated status." We do have a treasure 
here on the campus grounds. Thanks to a grant from the Lynchburg 
Community Trust, an alumna donation from Katzie Bailey Nager "53. 
and the help of a variety of volunteers, the ISEE was able to make it a 
little bit easier to "share the wealth" with the surrounding community. 

Speaking of wealth, the Sweet Briar Community Garden 
(SBCG) is another wonderful use of a small and little known corner 
of campus. Since we arrived here, we have been blessed w ith 
camaraderie, time well-spent outdoors, and the welcome opportunity 
to grow and share healthy local food. The SBCG operates just uphill 
from the old dairy barn, and pro\ ides a great place for members to 

learn the art of gardening, and perhaps a little more about themselves. 

SBCG members have been working to expand a sense of 
community at the garden, and it has been a success. Membership 
continues to grow, as does the length of our work days and the size 
of our garden parties! As it turns out, the ISEE's initiatives overlap 
with some of recent developments at the garden, and it has become 
an important place to apply particular strategies. With the combined 
know-how, generosity, and efforts of garden members, exciting things 
are happening. For example, the pavilion we built three years ago has 
recently become fully solar-powered: a geothermal greenhouse is in 
the works; and a small scale CSA (community supported agriculture) 
operation is being developed. The SBCG also provides educational 
opportunities for classes as diverse as biology (Dr. Steven's 
"Plants and Human Affairs"), environmental studies (Dr. Ambers' 
"Sustainable Agriculture), and sociology (Dr. Debbie Kasper "s 
"Community"), to name just a few. 

I am full of ideas about how to use the land for educational ends, 
and I know that I am not alone. Sweet Briar's campus is a gem, 
and I am proud to be part of the efforts to help people 
recognize the true value of this place, both its beauty 
and its potential for teaching us all important lessons. No 
doubt, each student leaves here with special memories and. hopefully, 
returns to enjoy a favorite spot, riding trail, or mountain view. 
Many faculty, staff, and students have worked hard over the years 
to maintain certain characteristics of Sweet Briar's land. The ISEE 
hopes to be a continuing part of this tradition by providing education 
and natural resource protection so that future generations of Sweet 
Briar students will be able to experience the campus as we know 
and love it. Whether walking the trails, learning about wetlands, or 
enjoying locally grown goodies, I hope all who visit Sweet Briar will 
enjoy their time here as much as I have. 

Professor Debbie Kasper and daughter Lucia 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 3 

Gardening at Sweet Briar 


In the late fall of 2001. Cliff 
and Rebecca Ambers and Mark 
Campbell surveyed faculty 
and staff to see if there would 
be any interest in setting up a 
community garden on campus. 
There was a great deal of 
interest, and the hard work began 
on a small plot of land above the 
Sweet Briar Dairy. A generous 
contribution from an anonymous 
alumna allowed us to surround 
the garden with a solar-powered 
electric fence (no electric lines 
run to the garden). 

From an unappetizing 
field covered with brush to 

the inaugural season in the 
spring of 2002, an incredible 
transformation took place. We 
even had a vineyard! The garden 
today continues to grow, both 
in the number of members and 
in our community projects. In 
2004 we built a pavilion where 
a rotting shed once stood. Last 
year, a donated solar-powered 
lawnmower was used to provide 
the pavilion with electricity. 
This year we are building a 
greenhouse. You can see a 
photographic history of the 
garden online, at: http://sbcg.sbc. 

The needs of the garden 
are supported by nominal dues 
paid by the members and by a 
number of fundraising activities 
we have undertaken over the 
years. We began by making our 
signature hot sauce available to 
supporters of the garden. This 
started as a means of doing 
something with everybody's 
surplus of hot peppers following 
the first gardening season. Cliff 
Ambers supplied the recipe 
and did most of the work that 
first year. We continued the hot 
sauce project for several years 
and still have folks asking when 

we will have more. Last year, 
under the leadership of garden 
director. Tim Kasper. we began 
a new fundraising venture: a 
CSA (Community Supported 
Agriculture) that supplies 
our organic produce to local 
subscribers. We still are getting 
the hang of this, but the 2007 
season looks promising, and we 
hope to be able to expand our list 
of subscribers in 2008. 

What is it like to belong 
to the Community Garden? 
Although I am not normally 
given to hyperbole, I would have 
to say that the garden, at least 
for me, has been a life-changing 
experience. The garden is 
far more than a place to 
plant vegetables: it is a 
gathering place where 
people from across the 
campus community work, 
share gardening and 
cooking tips, and celebrate 
the seasons. Summer 
workdays generally include a 
potluck dinner, and festivities 
(most notably the Cinco de Mayo 
party) stretch well into the night 
with a bonfire and lots of music. 

I am convinced that our 
recent foray into the realm of fall 
and winter gardening is due as 
much to our desire to keep things 
going throughout the year as it 
is to our desire for homegrown 
vegetables in the winter. I 
suspect that the key element 
of the Sweet Briar Community 
Garden is as much "Community" 
as it is "Garden." 

You can learn more about the 
Sweet Briar Community Garden 
by visiting our website at http:// 


Tim Kasper working in garden! 


Alix Ingber at work in the 
community garden. 

4 • Spring/Summer 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Rebecca Massie Lane checks 
bird box 

Spring Cleaning" 

Professor's cheap labor is for the birds 



- Rebecca Massie Lane peered 
r into a bluebird box and 
; withdrew its furnishings — 

a pressed square of intertwined 
' twigs and straw with a scoop in 
the middle. 

"Look." she said, extending 
the nest in her hand. "I love to 
see that they were used 
last year." 

Lane, whose day job is director of SBC art galleries, spent part 
of one day of Spring Break doing a little spring cleaning. She makes 
an annual pilgrimage, cleaning out last year's nests from the 30 or so 
bluebird boxes spaced around the Dairy Loop. 

The birds don't like to return until the old material from the 
previous season is removed, even if the bird nested there before. "It's 
sort of like cleaning an apartment when you move," Lane said. "You 
have to clean to get your security deposit back." 

She's been making the trek long enough to not remember exactly 
how many years it's been. It's been long enough to observe that the 
nests vary, that different species — others besides bluebirds use the 
boxes — seem to like pine straw while others don't. 

"You [also] can see the topography of the nest," she said. "There 
are strata. If they have two nestings in a year, they build the second 
on top of the last." 

Lane totes along a hammer and spare nails for the job. The box 
doors are held closed by a loose nail that is easily removed. But they 
also can fall out and need replacing. 

Occasionally the free-standing posts that the boxes are mounted to 
need a little straightening. The hammer is handy for that. too. but at 
maybe 5 feet tall Lane frequently relies on a tried-and-true alternate 
method: Find a bunch of rocks to pile around the post. 

Bringing Science and 
English Together 


Ever since I came to Sweet 
Briar and participated in bird 
banding with Buck Edwards. 
Professor of Biology Emeritus, 
it was clear that the 
campus is a rich curricular 
resource that I wanted to 
incorporate in some of 
my courses. In teaching 
"Reading and Writing about the 
Natural World" in spring 2006. 
I found a way to make the 
journey back and forth between 
the classroom and the fields, 
woods, streams and lakes that 
surround us. 

The class was an Honors 
course that required students 
to write essays based on 
observations of the animals, 
plants, and topography of Sweet 
Briar. Students developed 
the habit of careful, accurate 
observation of the natural 
world, an activity often 
associated with "science." 
They incorporated the resulting 
know ledge into essays using 
storytelling techniques: the 
creation of narrative structure, 
perspective, and voice. Informal 
labs during w hich \\ e interacted 
with aspects of the campus 
ecology were an essential pan 
of this undertaking. Rebecca 
Pemr> '08, a SWEBOP staff 
member, took the class on a 
hike to her favorite oak tree 
and gave an informal lecture 

on climax vegetation. Jeff 
Janovetz. former assistant 
professor of Biology, helped us 
collect and identify salamanders 
from the pond below Guion 
and let us handle his snake 
collection, an activity in which 
class members participated with 
remarkable aplomb. Rebecca 
Ambers, assistant professor 
of Environmental Sciences, 
showed us how to inventory 
a campus stream and how 
to analyze soil samples. Joe 
Malloy. associate professor 
and reference librarian, taught 
the basic principles of fly 
casting. Linda Fink, professor 
of Biology, graciously invited 
us to her home to look for w ild 
(lowers and examine larvae in 
her pond. These interactions 
were the most successful 
aspects of the course. Because 
we literal K got our hands dim. 
aspects of the natural world 
became less abstract to us than 
before; we got a taste of how 
biologists and en\ ironmental 
scientists look at the world. 
Science and humanities students 
alike explored, observed, and 
wrote about these processes. I'm 
scheming to create even more 
systematic wavs to incorporate 
the landscape into future 
versions of this course. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 5 


L-r: Virginio Wilson '08; 

Lisa Ruffle '08; Elizabeth 

Jensen '08; Catherine Cox '08; 

Jo Gormley '07. Looking at buds 

on the buckeye sapling, pond 

behind Guion 

Jo Gormley '07 at the pond 

behind Guion, checking spring 

wildflowers just emerging 

Piedmont meadow-rue 

The Campus: An Extended Classroom 


As an assistant professor of biology and the 
instructor for "Plants and Human Affairs", "The 
Plant Kingdom", and "Plant Physiology", I use 
the campus as an extended classroom quite a bit. 
I've had students in introductory lab counting 
the invasive species in the woods behind Guion, 
measuring leaves on trees, and monitoring the 
Monarch population as it migrates through in the 
fall. I've taken "Plant Kingdom" students out to 
look at the various vegetation types we have on 
campus and to make observations of pollinator 
activity. Next fall I'm planning a number of 
outdoor labs for "The Plant Kingdom" that focus 
on plant diversity and identification, and students 
in the "Plants and Human Affairs" lab will be 
spending time in the Sweet Briar Community 

We also have a number of interesting conifers 
on campus that are useful in teaching, plus nature 
preserves and wildflower gardens. Spring semester 
I have my "Plant Physiology" class outside 
measuring photosynthetic rates. I've had students 

utilize plants on campus in independent research, 
and Doreen McVeigh '09 and I will be studying a 
plant that grows around the lake this summer in a 
Summer Honors Research project. In addition, I'll 
be setting up an experimental garden on campus to 
study a rare plant species, piedmont meadow-rue, 
that has separate male and female individuals (an 
uncommon arrangement in plants). The garden 
will allow me to test the importance of light and 
nutrients in determining size differences between 
the two sexes. 

The size of the campus and the amount 
of natural area we have was one of the 
things that attracted me when I applied 
for a position at Sweet Briar two years 
ago; we really are spoiled to have the 
campus as a resource in teaching biology. 
And I enjoy the campus as a resident as well. I 
like to hike the trails, and the Community Garden 
is a wonderful group of people to work with, as 
well as an ongoing source of fantastic fruits and 

6 • Spring/Summer 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Sharing the 

Associate Professor Joe Malloy 
uses SBC campus in outreach 
activities and outdoor classes. 
Students, children, and others 
look forward to these programs 
each season and use them as a 
time to nurture the land and learn 
from it. 

Hiking in the Blue Ridge 
Class -PHED 125 (Fall and 

ng). Students hike trails and 
participate in the SBC Annual 
Trail Day. 

ay. Students work with 
Joe to clear and cut brush, mark 
routes, pick up litter along the 


nic. The 

Boat House and lake are used 
for fly fishing instruction and 
a picnic. Hampden-Sydney's 
FlyFishing Club assists. SBC has 
hosted the event for three years. 
Traditionally a fall activity; also 
held in the spring last year. 

Reunion Fly Fishing 

(Individual & Group Instruction) 

College groups 
participated in a Fly Fishing 
Class with Joe in 2006. 

Learning on the Land. 

Formerly, Joe has taken groups 
on trails and to the lake for this 
part of first-year orientation, 
helping students find and 
identify flora and fauna. Before 
Learning on the Land changed to 
an evening event, students also 
swam in the lake. 

Students are prepared for clearing 
the trails on Trail Day 

Professor Joe Malloy and students 
clean up Sweet Briar trails 

Students from local grade school 
are ready for fly fishing 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 7 

The garden is lovely 

on sunny afternoons 

and visitors are 

always welcome. 

The peak of the 

monarch migration is 

from late September 

to the first week in 

October, but even 

when monarchs 

are scarce, the 

buddleias hum with 

birds, hawkmoths, 

praying mantids 

and swallowtail 


The Butterfly Research Garden: 
Way Station for Monarchs 


From August through October, 
Research Professor of Biology 
Lincoln Brower and I conduct 
daily censuses of nectaring 
monarch butterflies at the 
Butterfly Research Garden 
near the Train Station. It takes 
us just 10-20 minutes to walk 
around the hundred buddleias, 
recording the number of 
monarch butterflies, the weather 
conditions, and the state of 

the flowers. In conjunction 
with scientists, naturalists, 
teachers, and volunteers all over 
eastern North America, we are 
monitoring the health of the 
monarch population; we have 
been censusing on campus since 
1997 seeking answers to how 
monarchs are faring under the 
stress of climate change, logging 
of the Mexican forests where 
they overwinter, and alteration of 

their summer breeding habitats. 
Insect numbers fluctuate widely 
from year to year, but long-term 
surveys can reveal trends. 

The Butterfly Research 
Garden is a wonderful 
resource for research and 
teaching. We recently published 
a paper examining seasonal 
changes in monarchs' fat storage, 
incorporating four years of our 
Sweet Briar data (Brower, L.R, 

8 • Spring/Summer 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fink. L.S.. and Walford. P. 2006. 
Fueling the fall migration of the 
monarch butterfly. Integrative 
and Comparative Biology- 

Students in "Introductory 
Biology", "General Ecology" 
and "Insect Biology" all make 
observations in the garden. 
Director of the Arts Management 
Program Rebecca Massie Lane 
and I have brought new -student- 
orientation groups here during 
the fall "Learning on the Land" 
sessions and every year I offer 
at least one Insect Workshop for 

The garden is lovely on 
sunny afternoons and visitors 
are always welcome. The peak 
of the monarch migration is 
from late September to the 
first week in October, but even 
when monarchs are scarce, 
the buddleias hum with birds, 
haw kmoths, praying mantids and 
swallow tail butterflies. A bench 
is situated to give views over 
the garden and hayfield toward 
Kentucky Ridge. 

Sweet Briar's Grounds Crew 
helps to maintain the garden 
by keeping a path mowed and 
cutting back the plants every 
w inter. To keep the plants 
flowering, we rely on volunteers 
who help us deadhead the faded 

If you are a gardener \ isiting 
campus between June and 
October, we'll welcome your 
help. We'll provide the primers! 


Monarch butterfly feeding at a 
buddleia flower at the Sweet 
Briar butterfly garden, September 

Ecology students, Christie Michaels 
and Jennifer Bragg, looking for 
monarch butterfly caterpillars 
on milkweeds, with the butter- 
fly research garden and Train 
Station visible in the background, 
September 2003. 

When monarchs are scarce, the 
buddleias hum with swallowtail 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring /Summer 2007 • 9 

Spotted Salamander 

"March of the Salamanders" Documented by Students 


Under cloak of darkness, they cross dangerous terrain. Up and down 
hills, around logs and rocks. Predators — Barred owls, skunks and 
unwitting size-9 Nikes — threaten their survival as they crawl over wet 
leaves and, hopefully, finally make their way to the breeding pool. 

It was the March of the Salamanders, and although Morgan 
Freeman did not narrate their slithery trek, the journey of the spotted 
salamander from the underground burrows of Guion Woods to the 
man-made Guion Pond was no less dramatic. 

For the first time at Sweet Briar College, March 1 and 
2, the breeding ritual was documented by a research 

md professors. Students have studied the 
local salamanders for decades, but a few years ago someone threw a 
curve ball at the little critters, necessitating a more in-depth study. 

In 2002, predatory mosquito fish were released into the pond, 
possibly by a well-intentioned fisherman or someone afraid of the 
spread of West Nile Virus. "We are concerned that these fish and 
other predators may be eating so many juveniles that the population 
will decline," Biology Professor Linda Fink said. 

"The study we're starting [and] hoping to continue for years will 
give much information about the population. The specific question is 
whether our population has a healthy mix of individuals of all ages. 

or is it an aging population because few or no juveniles escape from 
pond predators." 

Black with neon yellow spots, the salamanders are about eight 
inches long, including the tail. Native to SBC, the eastern United 
States and southern Canada, the Guion Woods salamanders are the 
only group that Fink is aware of on campus. 

Mike Hayslett, SBC adjunct professor of environmental science, 
has studied wetlands and their inhabitants for 20 years. He believes 
this "family" of salamanders has been breeding in Guion Pond for 50 
years or more. Unlike most amphibians that live two or three years, 
spotted salamanders can live to be 20 or 30. 

Spending about 360 days a year underground, they eat earthworms 
and bugs, and emerge on the first warm, rainy day of the year — the 
"salamander rain" — to breed. Hayslett defined salamander rain 
as a "cyclical event," with three conditions — rain, near-50-degree 
temperatures and thunder — usually present. 

"Some say it's an auditory cue," he said of the thunder. "The 
rumbles and vibration might be a cue to wake them up." 

Above ground, the salamanders' objective is equally primal. 
Biology Professor Fink put it simply: "Once a year, they doodle over 
to the pond, have sex for a week and come back." 

10 • Spring/Summer 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


Unfortunately, when dealing with Mother Nature, you're on her time 
clock. The team, made up mostly of ecology students, had hoped 
to begin research on Feb. 20. The timing was right. In this area, 
salamander movement usually begins mid-February to early March, 
and a chance of rain was forecast. 

"[They have] porous skin and are very susceptible to drying 
out. They need a high moisture content in the air," Hayslett said, 
adding that some might travel as far as a half mile to the pond, 
making dehydration a viable threat. Add to that the fact that spotted 
salamanders aren't exactly speedy. "They're very slow," he said. 
"Not like skinks." 

It was after 6 p.m. in the Guion biology lab when Fink gave the 
students, many clad in rain gear and rubber boots, their assignments. 
Some would be on "pit crews," gathering salamanders from around 
sheet metal fences the team had erected in various woodland 

According to Hayslett, salamanders aren't keen on climbing over 
large objects. When they reach a solid fence or log, they turn left or 
right. In this case, after making the turn, they would fall into buried 
coffee cans full of leaf matter. 

Pit crew staffers would scoop up the salamanders, deposit them 
in plastic baggies, and label the bags with time and location. Other 
students would be "runners." transporting the creatures back and forth 
between pit crews and the lab. Some would be "spotters," scanning 

the woodland trail for action and marking salamander sightings with 
surveyor's flags. 

In the lab, students and professors would process the salamanders, 
measuring, weighing, photographing, and using the "Twitty" method 
to remove one of the animals' toes for future identification and 
chronology purposes. 

"You can tell the age of a salamander, like tree rings." Hayslett 
said. "We have the specific goal to obtain [and] preserve how stable 
this population of salamanders might be. If it's composed mostly of 
old adults with little apparent recruitment, as evidenced by younger 
adults, then we have a population of critters that needs help." 

After processing, the runners would take salamanders back to 
where they were found and point them toward the pond. "Kiss 
them on the head and wish them fond farewell," Fink said, eliciting a 
groan from Hayslett. "No," he said. "Don't kiss them on the head." 

Assignments made, the students waited in the lab, headlamps in 
place. But there was no rain. So Fink and Hayslett suspended the 
study and led the group on a brief tour of Guion Woods, pointing 
out the fences and demonstrating collection methods. As for the 
postponement, Hayslett just shrugged. "If we hit it, it's one of the 
coolest phenomena," he said. 


The salamander rain began March 1 , first as a misty morning drizzle 
and progressing to a soaking rain by midnight. By 10 p.m. the woods 
around Guion Pond were slicker than a spotted salamander. 

The team met in the lab at 6:30 p.m., and within an hour the first 
salamanders were spotted. By 7:30, Jenny Walkiewicz '09 said the 
sunken coffee cans at one fence line had halted the progression of 
about 50 specimens. "They were exciting," she said, adding what had 
become a common opinion: "They are very cute." 

At 9:30, Doreen McVeigh '09 was on the trail as a spotter. 
She estimates she found one every three minutes. "They were 
scurrying along the path pretty quickly," she said, countering 
Hayslett's claim that salamanders are slow. "They're pretty quick 
when they want to be." 

By 10:00. the team had counted more than 200. In the lab, baggies 
of yellow polka-dotted amphibians monopolized the end of one 
table as students and professors measured, weighed and documented 
salamanders. Mud was everywhere, on boots, clothes, and nailing 
down the tiled hallway. 

Hayslett, dressed in a pink and green SBC T-shirt and matching 
green hat, said the results were exceptional. "Tonight's success. I 
attribute to the pink T-shirt." he joked. "1 put on the T-shirt and got 
the call." 

By morning, some 575 salamanders had been encountered, w ith 
470 hand-examined in the lab. The male-to-female ratio was 3-to-l. 
The largest recorded was a 42.5-gram female. 

"We saw some extremely large individuals, suggesting a verj 
stable, old population." Hayslett said. "But we were delighted to see 
many smaller, younger adults, suggesting that sufficient recruitment is 
occurring. This is, of course, prior to number crunching and summer 

Sarah Doyle '09 is prepared with headgear to search for salamanders 

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Jennifer Summerfield '07 pulls salamander eggs from Guion pond 

There were other surprises during the night, including spotless 
salamanders and animals with bifurcated and trifurcated toes. 
Salamander No. 201 had a thin, deformed tail. Hayslett attributed the 
abnormality to malnutrition, prompting one thoughtful student to ask, 
"Can I give him a cricket?" 

The team also was taken aback to see many salamanders emerge 
from burrows adjacent to the pond, not from deeper in the forest as 
predicted. Standing in ankle-deep mud around midnight. Hayslett 
pointed to an area near the pond's spillway where the creek bed sunk 

He'd seen salamanders pouring from the hole like water from a 
well: "dozens and dozens" of them. "It's humbling to be outsmarted 
by eight-inch amphibians." he said later. 

Equally surprising, some salamanders didn't go to Guion Pond at 
all. opting to breed in a cove on the eastern side of the Upper Lake. 
"I had a hunch that some might go to the Upper Lake." Hayslett said, 
adding that he'd set a few basket traps just in case. 

"Possibly another two dozen salamanders are residing in that 
northern extreme of Guion Woods and instead of hiking to the pond 
saturated with animals, they go down the slope to the lake." 

After laying eggs, adult salamanders returned home with the next 
rain. It will be mid-summer before babies emerge from the pond to 
make their way into Guion Woods. Meanwhile, Hayslett. Fink and 
their team have much work to do. analyzing data, planning future 
studies and forming a conservation plan. 

"It was exhausting," Hayslett said later. "But it was a sensational 
experience and greatly exceeded my expectations. [It was] the best 
'big night' experience I've seen since 1998. I was delighted that the 
students got to experience this natural phenomenon, especially after 
we built up their anticipation so. Whew, [I'm] relieved." 




Since 1993. once a year I 
have organized and directed a 
German Immersion Weekend 
for German teachers in Virginia. 
The beauty of our campus and 
our facilities draw them back 
every year; many have told me 
about how important it is for 
them to get back here again and 
again. There is no place like 
Sweet Briar for a program of 
this sort. 

We also have held a week- 
long Summer Workshop for 
German Teachers for the last 

four years: a fifth is scheduled 
for this summer. This brings 
German teachers from all 
over the USA and from other 
countries. It is the only seminar 
offered for teachers interested 
in the TPRS (Teaching 
Proficiency through Reading 
and Storytelling) teaching 
approach. I have suggested 
that the program be sponsored 
on campuses in other parts of 
the country, but they insist on 
coming back here year after 


SBC German Club Members, 2006-07. 

Back row, L-r: Maggie Nicholsen '09; Brooke Agee '09; Rachel 
Michel '10; Ron Horwege; Claire Bryan '07. Front row, L-r: Mary Pat 
Jones '09; Briana Deane '08; Carly Adams '10; Brittany Deane '08 

Participants in the German Total Immersion Weekend, October 2006. 
Ron Horwege 2nd row far left. 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Art Gallery Docent Erin Rogers '08 poses with children during the African Mask Workshop 

Exploring Culture through the Arts: 

the African Masks Workshop at Sweet Briar College 


There are many ways in which Sweet Briar College 
excels in bringing the arts to the surrounding 
community. Through gallery exhibits, student 
organizations, organized tours, and workshops. 
Sweet Briar continually fills its role in the 
de\elopment of artistic education and creativity. 
For over two years. Sweet Briar students from 
various disciplines have worked with Associate 
Professor Rebecca Massie Lane. Director of 
Museums and Galleries and the Arts Management 
Program, to develop the African Masks Workshop. 

This educational w orkshop includes an 
exhibition of masks from the College's permanent 
art collection. Objects in the collection of African 
tribal masks were a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard 
(Jacqueline Lowe '58) Young that originated from 
her mother's collection. The masks come from the 
Sudan, the Congo, and Nigeria, and represent the 
Senufo. the Congo, and the Dan people. 

Originally designed and created for the month- 
long Saturday Enrichment Program for Amherst 
County fourth- and tilth-graders, the African Masks 
Workshop has expanded and now offers workshops 
each year to Girl Scouts and participants o\' 
Cultural Arts Day. The workshop owes its creation 
and success to recent graduates Derna Jackson "05 

and Kate Feiss '06. for their program and research 
design and to Rebecca Massie Lane for her active 
role in the delivery, research, and growth of the 

Anne Gary Pannell Art Gallery education 
assistants Erin Rogers '08. Alyson Napier '08. 
and Jadrienne Brown '09 currently lead the 
workshop. The presentation begins w ith a 
slideshow illustrating how and why masks have 
been used with dance, costume, and festival. Next. 
participants are shown the imposing, authentic 
masks for a sense of their actual size, shape, and 
texture. As a conclusion to the w orkshop, the 
children use arts and craft supplies to design their 
own masks. This final hands-on project helps the 
children to retain what the\ learned at Sweet Briar. 

'"Our goal." Rebecca Massie Lane says, "is 
to educate regional children about the traditional 
art and culture of Africa and to do this in a lixely 
way." The workshop is a fun learning 
experience for children, as well as a 
wonderful way for college students to 
become teachers for a day. 

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Spring/Summer 2007 • 1 3 

Art Gallery Docents 
Bring the Classics to Life 


The Anne Gary Pannell Art 
Gallery docents embrace 
the mission of educational 
programming with projects 
such as the "Classical World 
in Virginia'" tour for Amherst 
County third-graders, the 
annual Cultural Arts Day for 
Amherst fifth-graders (both 
official programs of the 
Sweet Briar-Amherst County 
Schools' "Partners in Learning" 
agreement), and the African 
Masks workshop for Girl Scouts. 
Serving some 400 children, and 
contributing over 130 hours 
of volunteer time this year in 
training, in planning, and in 
presenting tours, the docents are 
a vital campus organization. For 
the past two years. Professor of 
Classical Studies Anna Moore 
has offered a guest lecture as 
part of the docents' training, 
and I lead numerous groups and 
individual-training sessions in 
advance of the children's visits. 

The third-grade program, "The 
Classical World in Virginia," 
includes three components. The 
first, "Akalypta," is a study of 
the classical Greek, Etruscan, 
and Roman antiquities in our 
collection, and includes lessons 
on how the lives of ancient 
Greeks and Romans were similar 
and dissimilar to our own. Using 
objects of everyday life, we 
compare our things to theirs: 
drinking cups, animal figurines, 
lamps, funerary objects, and 
portraits, as well as objects of 
personal hygiene. Our tour, for 
example, includes a Roman 
bronze ear spoon, the equivalent 
of our Q-tips. This prompts the 
question: "Would you rather live 
now or then?" 

At Sweet Briar, our campus 
architecture is a treasure. As 
students, Mary Lea Martin '98 
and later Brienna McLaughlin '04 
developed the third-grade tour 
and its curriculum materials, 
including a souvenir cut-and- 
tape replica of Academic/ 
Benedict Hall for each child. 
The tour surveys Sweet Briar's 
architecture and teaches children 
to identify Classical architectural 
components such as pediments, 
entablatures, mouldings, arcades, 
domes, spires, and three orders 
of columns. The tour sheet 
is oriented toward a child's 
perspective. Did you know, 
for example, that many Sweet 
Briar building exteriors are 
decorated with daisies and roses 
to reference Daisy Williams and 
the Sweet Briar rose? 

The third element of this tour 
is a rollicking outdoor activity, 
part theatre, part story-reenacting, 
and part recess, called the 
Odyssey Game. The children 
love this! They divide into two 
groups: one group plays the part 
of Odysseus and his crew and the 
other group plays the part of the 
monsters and enticing women 
who attempt to prevent Odysseus 
from returning home to Ithaca. 
Theatre major/ Arts Management 
student Lindsay Keller '02 
developed masks and Emily 
Poore '99 stitched costumes for 
this tour, so the children can 
become Circe and her pigs/men, 
the Cyclops and his fuzzy sheep, 
the melodious Sirens and the 
dreaded Scylla and Carybdis. 

Docent Club President Erin 
Rogers '08, who has led tours 
since the fall of her freshman 
year, says that the Art Gallery 

Third-graders participate in architectural treasure hunt 

Docent Club "provides SBC 
students with an excellent 
volunteer opportunity to 
personally learn about the SBC 
campus and its art collections, but 
is also a wonderful instrument for 
sharing knowledge and educating 
visitors, especially school-aged 

In addition to leading tours 
for the schools, the Docent Club 
raises funds to help support the 
costs of bussing the children 
to Sweet Briar, providing each 
docent with a manual, and 
renewing and replenishing the 
stock of curriculum handouts. To 
support the cause, they recently 
created T-shirts featuring a 
third century B.C. Sweet Briar 
lekythos, which are available 
at the Anne Gary Pannell Art 

Gallery. Amherst County native 
Tammy Ivins, who recently 
graduated from Davidson College 
with a degree in Classical 
Studies, wrote a scholarly paper 
on this Sweet Briar lekythos 
attributing it to the Tymbos 

It always is heartening 
to welcome schoolchildren 
onto our beautiful campus, 
but for me, observing the 
generous voluntarism of 
our Sweet Briar docents 
is just as delightful as the 
smiles they generate in 
the 9-, 1 0-, and 1 1 -year- 
olds. I am ever grateful to 
these community-spirited young 
women for their outreach to local 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Musings from The Sweet Briar Museum 


We are fortunate at Sweet Briar to have myriad campus resources, 
from our historic landscape to our built environment, that function 
as laboratories for learning outside the classroom. Cultivating the 
Sweet Briar Museum as a site for this hands-on learning has been 
the driving force behind my directorship. Ann Marshall Whitley '47 
took on the Herculean task of getting the museum up and running 
almost 20 years ago. My hat is off to her; it is no small thing to start a 
museum, especially with such a breadth of material to collect. Objects 
at the museum include memorabilia from Sweet Briar College's 
history, and also the rich, extensive 19th-century collections of the 
Fletcher- Williams family. Ann did us a great service by bringing 
this treasure trove together under one roof. Her activities laid the 
groundwork that we are building upon today with ongoing activities 
at the museum that create rich opportunities for student engagement. 

Sweet Briar women are a cultured lot. I would guess that many 
of you are frequent visitors to your local museum, and make it a 
point to v isit museums when you travel. We all have our favorite 
displays; even now. when I visit the Smithsonian, I always go to 
see the cavemen at the Natural History Museum. They have been 
there, getting progressively dustier, since I was a 1970s child visitor. 
They are always on display, frozen in time. But this is an anomaly 
in the museum world. Changing exhibitions are the catalyst driving 
visitation and supporting education. Therefore, when you visit the 
Sweet Briar Museum, especially if you haven't been here in a while, 
things may look very different than you remember. It's more than 
just cosmetic, though the gallery where alumnae memorabilia — your 
history — is displayed has been painted pink and green in homage to 
our college colors! 

First, we must take into account our audience. While alumnae 
certainly are one of our primary audiences, you may be here once 
every five or ten years for Reunion (more often if we are lucky!). 
When you visit, I want you to see your favorite pieces from the 
collection, your very own cavemen, if you will. Whether it's one 
of Miss Indy's ivory fans, Daisy's silk walking dress, or a Chung 
Ylung scrapbook, we must monitor the long-term preservation of our 

irreplaceable collections. Just as you or I would be somewhat worn 
and weather-beaten if we were exposed to the elements day in and day 
out, our collections suffer from being on display for prolonged time 
periods. Periodically they must get out of the light and into a nice dark 
storeroom to recuperate from the effects of being on exhibition. 

However, this gives us the opportunity to select more objects to 
display, which represent different pieces of Sweet Briar's history, 
and present fresh information as we uncover new stories about this 
special place. Rotating collections and changing exhibitions 
are the key to engaging another primary segment of our 
audience: today's students. One of the things I've been able to 
do, with Dean Jonathan Green's support, is hire student workers to 
staff the museum, allowing us to hold regular hours. The door is open 
and visitors are greeted by an informed museum worker five days a 
week, from 10 am-5 pm, when Sweet Briar is in session. 

With these consistent open hours, we've seen an exponential 
increase in visitorship. largely through word of mouth: student 
workers tell friends about something cool or intriguing in the museum 
collections; their friends come to see it. and the word spreads. Do you 
want to know what a vasculum is, why amethysts were acceptable 
jewels for mourning, or how laundresses in the 1 9th-century kept the 
Fletchers" underthings white? Come to the museum! We regularly 
host class visits from a variety of campus disciplines: art history, 
psychology, business, history, and archaeology professors all have 
used our collections to illustrate different aspects of their curricula. 

There are other benefits to student engagement besides increased 
foot traffic. The student workers also function as my museum staff. 
In addition to giving tours, they help with curatorial projects. Thev 
learn to use our environmental monitoring equipment to track 
temperature and humidity in display cases, and take high resolution 
digital photographs of objects in the collection. They are trained 
to catalogue and handle objects, and to use our computerized 
collections management system. As a result, the experience thev get 
through campus employment is equivalent to that of an entry-level, 
professional museum position. 

PHOTOS, L-r: Students in the inaugural class of "Curating, Collecting and Connoisseurship" listen intently as Christina Kingsley '02 points out the 
important features of an Empire card table. Kelly Rogers '06 discusses various items recovered from archaeological digs on Sweet Briar's campus. 
Emily Olson '07 gives a gallery talk explaining the difference between the material culture of childhood in the 19th century and today. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 1 5 

Carved detail of mahogany sofa, 
one of a pair, American, c. 1 820 

Students serious about entering the museum field can get 
even more in-depth and structured experience through our Arts 
Management program. Each semester, I direct practicum projects 
for students. They may elect to complete a one-, two-, or three- 
credit practicum, working in the museum for 40, 80 or 120 hours, 
respectively. The academic component of these projects make them 
more than just a basic internship: these are tailored to the interests of 
individual students, who meet with me weekly to discuss their work, 
report on associated scholarly readings they've completed relative to 
their projects, and submit a progress report. 

A sampling of past practicum projects includes a survey of Daisy's 
clothing by a history major planning to be a costumed interpreter 
at a historic site, thus scrutinizing the construction of 19th-century 
clothing; a study of Chinese export porcelain by a business major 
interested in the economic impact of the ceramics trade in 18th-century 
America; and an exhibition on Sweet Briar's May Day tradition by 
an exchange student from the Sorbonne who wanted the experience 
of curating a museum show, and came from a village in France where 
May Day is still an annual rite of spring. 

Projects of this magnitude can be accompanied by an exhibition 
brochure providing a tangible piece of scholarship for students to 
add to their resumes in time for the all-important job applications. 
When our students wish to enter the museum world, this gives them 
a real advantage over other applicants. Setting us apart from other 
programs is the hands-on experience they garner at the museum; 
even in graduate programs, it is rare for master's students to have 
the opportunity to handle precious objects. Our students do this on a 
regular basis, as we have formal opportunities for them to hone their 
skills built into the academic curriculum. 

Last spring, I taught for the fourth time the "Curating, Collecting 
and Connoisseurship" class, in which students become well-versed in 
skills mandatory for anyone entering the museum field or the world 
of fine arts. Using our collections as the focus, students learn about 
specific areas like condition assessment, furniture construction, label 
writing, and object installation, and demonstrate their knowledge by 
curating a final exhibition. Garnering this curatorial experience as 
undergraduates is a real feather in their caps, especially when applying 
for that first job. This model has created excitement in other academic 
museums worldwide. Last year, I presented a paper at the International 
Conference of Museums meeting in Mexico City based on this method 
of teaching and student engagement, and have since shared syllabi and 
strategies with colleagues from Latin America to Latvia. 

Student-curated exhibitions are not the only ones presented at 
the museum. In Fall 2005, we kicked off the inaugural exhibition in 
what I hope will be an ongoing program of exhibitions from alumnae 
collections. During Homecoming festivities, Laura Hand Glover '86 
lent some outstanding examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco objects 
from her collection. It dovetailed perfectly with our decorative arts 
collections from the Fletcher- Williams family, which end about 
1 900, so we were able to extend the chronology through 1 940. It also 
supported material from an Honors seminar I was teaching, "The 
History of the Interior." The opening drew people from all over the 
region. If you have a collection you would consider sharing, please let 
me know! 

Recently we have begun showing 
traveling exhibitions organized by other 
museums, which is marvelous publicity for 
Sweet Briar College. Next up is Gone With the 
Girdle, from the Atlanta History Center, opening 
in Fall 2007. Last year, our museum was the only 
site in Virginia selected to host a traveling exhibition funded by 
the National Endowment for the Humanities, From Morning 'til Night: 
Domestic Servitude in the Gilded Age South. It was a perfect fit with 
our history: Sweet Briar House is the epitome of a Southern mansion 
of the Gilded Age, right down to the back staircase used by servants. 
Students trained as docents for this exhibition, on display from 
September through December 2006. We offered educational programs 
tailored to the Virginia Standards of Learning as well, partnering with 
the Legacy Museum of African- American History in Lynchburg, 
to access a whole new audience. This relationship was formalized 
through a series of internships for SBC students at the Legacy 
Museum, thus extending the principle of the learning laboratory right 
down Highway 29 into Lynchburg. 

We have expanded our offerings to the local community, and 
these partnerships that support what we're doing are bearing fruit in a 
number of ways. In May 2006, the museum hosted a gathering of area 
educators, primarily teachers from Amherst, Nelson and Rockbridge 
Counties and the Lynchburg City Schools. The purpose was to discuss 
ways in which we could serve as a learning laboratory for local 
students. We were supported in this unique, promising initiative by 
Virginia's Department of Historic Resources, headed by Kathleen 
Kilpatrick '74. More information about this exciting endeavor can be 
found in the article on Tusculum. I will also be joining the College's 
new initiative sponsored by the DuPont Foundation, Promoting 
Academic and Community Engagement (PACE). Through this 
program, the museum will serve as the fulcrum of student-facilitated 
projects to enrich the academic curriculum of local high schools. 

Although you and our students comprise our primary 
audience, we are cognizant that Sweet Briar College 
is really the premier cultural institution in the area. As 
part of this mandate to serve local constituencies. The Sweet Briar 
Museum welcomes visitors from across the region, from a variety 
of backgrounds. You may have seen the article in a recent Alumnae 
Magazine about the Girl Scout programs at the museum: as of April, 
we have welcomed almost 1300 girls to the museum to participate in 
programs like Daisy's Day, African-American Heritage, and Japanese 
Culture, all based on facets of our collections. Each of these 1300 girls 
is a potential Sweet Briar student. 

Please visit us. I'll be delighted to share with you all of the 
activities taking place through the museum, a learning laboratory 
where our students are producing very exciting results! 

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Sweel Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' 


Tusculum: Its Past, Present And Future 


One evening in April, a group 
of Sweet Briar College's faculty 
and senior staff crowded into 
the library at Sweet Briar House 
with a group of accomplished 
and dedicated preservationists. 
Included in this gathering were 
architectural historian Allen 
Chambers, husband of Bettye 
Thomas, Class of '62, restoration 
expert Travis McDonald from 
Poplar Forest, and Sweet Briar 
alumna and director of Virginia's 
Department of Historic Resources 
Kathleen Kilpatrick '74. The 
reason? A 250-year-old house, 
its pieces currently stored in 
the old dairy bams here on 
campus awaiiing the time when 
they will be reassembled and 
the building — Tusculum — will 
take its place among the historic 
architecture that characterizes 
Sweet Briar's campus. 

Dating back to the 1 750s, it 
will be right at home here. It 
is one of the oldest and most 
architecturally significant 
dwellings in the Virginia 
Piedmont and the childhood 
home of Maria Crawford, wife 
of Elijah Fletcher and mother of 
Indiana Fletcher Williams, the 
founder of Sweet Briar College. 
In addition to Tusculum's 
relation to the College's past, it 
occupied an important place in 
local history, and many Amherst 
residents have fond memories of 
playing baseball on its extensive 
lawns on summer afternoons. But 
development of the surrounding 
land placed the house in harm's 
way, and a few years ago 
Kathleen Kilpatrick approached 
the College with a novel idea to 
dismantle the house completely, 
and re-erect it on Sweet Briar's 

Tusculum at its original location 

n campus. As a result of 

* her vision, which was 
$ enthusiastically shared 
- by President Muhlenfeld, 
f- this 1 8th-century house 
t will join another Fletcher 
I family home, Sweet Briar 
|, House, notable for its 
■ 19th-century architecture 
Kathleen Kilpatrick '74 (largely 19th-century) 

and provide a welcome 
addition to our 20th-century campus. This will 
create a microcosm of architectural history for the 
benefit of our students and the local community. 

The purpose of the April meeting was to 
determine the best way to achieve this goal, and 
to ensure that after the process of reconstruction 
is complete. Tusculum w ill be more than just 
another historic house museum. Rather, it will 
become a significant educational resource for Sweet 
Briar College, and a model for preservationists 
nationwide. These plans, and discoveries made 
during the course of dismantling the house, will be 
shared fully during Homecoming Weekend 2007. 

which will celebrate the architectural and ancestral 
homecoming of this Amherst County treasure. 


Tusculum. named for an ancient Roman tow n. 
was built in two stages: the initial house was built 
circa 1750 for David Crawford II and a large 
addition was added around 1805. William Sidney 
Craw ford inherited the house and property from 
his grandfather sometime after 1762. William 
Craw ford, who had been educated at Princeton and 
practiced law. was the Clerk of the Amherst Count} 
Courts, working out of the '"master's office" on the 
Tusculum grounds. In 1772. his son William Harris 
Craw ford was born at Tusculum and later held a 
string of distinguished offices, as a U.S. Senator. 
President Madison's Minister lo fiance. Secretary 
of War. and Secretary of the Treasury. He was also 
a presidential candidate in IS24 in the famous four- 
waj election against John Quincj Adams. Ileniy 
Cla\ and Andrew Jackson. 

In 1813. William Sidney t raw lord's daughter 
Mana Antoinette married Elijah Fletcher, a young 
schoolteacher from Vermont. Elijah began operating 

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Spring/Summer 2007 • 1 7 

the Tusculum plantation upon his 
father-in-law's death in 1815 and 
eventually bought the property 
from the Crawford heirs. By 
1819, Elijah Fletcher and his 
wife had moved to nearby 
Lynchburg, and he soon became 
one of its most prominent 
citizens. Between 1825 and 
1841, Elijah published a Whig 
newspaper, The Virginian. He 
also served several terms on the 
Lynchburg town council and was 
elected mayor of the city in 1830 
and 1832. 

Elijah and Maria had four 
children, including Sweet Briar 
College's founder, Indiana. In 
1830, the Fletcher family began 
spending time at their new 
Sweet Briar plantation, named 
by Maria Crawford Fletcher for 
the herbaceous Sweet Briar roses 
growing on the property (Rosa 
Eglanteria). While Sweet Briar 
is mentioned mostly as a summer 
residence, the family visited it 
and Tusculum all through the 
year. In corresponding with 
Crawford relatives in Kentucky, 
Elijah constantly remarked on 
the condition of Tusculum, the 
appearance of the garden, and 
the health of the slaves. It was 
obviously well loved by the 

family. The Fletchers' eldest 
son Sidney began managing the 
Tusculum plantation in about 
1841, between his various travels 
after college. Sidney returned 
to Tusculum again in 1 849 and 
Elijah remarked: "Everything 
looks neat and Flourishes there. 
The prettiest crop of wheat I 
have seen anywhere this Spring. 
Sidney is a first-rate manager." 
Despite his education in medicine 
from Yale, Sidney Fletcher 
preferred farming and, after 
receiving the property from his 
parents in 1 849, remained there 
until his death in 1898. He left 
the estate to his cousin John Jay 
Williams of New Jersey and 
Tusculum remained the home of 
the Williams family, underscoring 
its connection to Sweet Briar 
College, until its sale in 1987. 

It was Sidney's younger 
sister, Indiana Fletcher Williams, 
who on her death in 1900 left 
the Sweet Briar property to 
be established as a college for 
girls. Ironically, Elijah Fletcher 
had remarked in 1 845 that his 
daughters, upon their return 
from European travels, might be 
useful to society by establishing 
"a sort of a nunnery or a school 
at Tusculum...." This was in 

response to his sister-in-law's 
remark "...that the quiet of 
Tusculum might be as interesting 
to a well ordered mind as the 
busy scenes of Paris." Indiana 
had in fact been well educated 
at the Georgetown Visitation 
Convent in Washington, which 
her father referred to as a 
"nunnery." It may well have been 
this reference by Elijah that later 
inspired his daughter Indiana to 
found a college in memory of her 
daughter Daisy. 


With its survival in its original 
location uncertain, Tusculum 
was offered for sale by the 
Association for the Preservation 
of Virginia Antiquities with 
the stipulation that the buyer 
move the house to a new site. 
Totaling approximately 5000 
square feet of living space, 
Tusculum is unusual for the 
central Virginia area in that it 
is a Georgian-style dwelling 
built of clapboard, rather than of 
more common brick. It can be 
difficult to determine what makes 
a house historic rather than just 
old, but architectural details 
such as an open-air, L-shaped 
corridor are ornamented by an 

unusual scalloped bargeboard 
connecting the original section to 
the addition, creating an indoor- 
outdoor space unlike any other 
in antebellum Virginia. Also rare 
is the fact that all of the original 
trim and hardware are intact and 
will be used in the restoration, 
including the mantels, chair rails, 
doors, flooring, and an especially 
fine Georgian staircase. 
Tusculum has already been 
listed on the National Register 
of Historic Places, reflecting 
the Federal Government's 
recognition of its historical 
and architectural significance. 
In a further acknowledgement 
of the suitability of Sweet 
Briar's campus as a permanent 
home, Tusculum will retain 
this designation even after it 
is rebuilt, a distinction shared 
by only a handful of houses in 

The work of dismantling 
and documenting each and 
every piece of Tusculum was 
entrusted to Timothy Robinson, 
the owner of Heartland Millwork 
and Restoration, who has spent 
almost 30 years working with 
historic houses. Robinson's 
local connections, as well as his 
professional reputation, made 


The house being dismantled. 

Timothy Robinson, 

owner and president of 

Heartland Millwork and 


A worker cleans bricks 

which will be used in 


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him the perfect candidate for this 
painstaking process. He grew 
up right next door to Thomas 
Jefferson's Poplar Forest, in the 
era before its restoration began. 
Other recent projects have been 
carried out at James Madison's 
Montpelier in Orange County, 
and for the Frontier Culture 
Museum in Staunton. Virginia. 
Despite these distinguished 
projects, Robinson was greatly 
impressed by what he found at 
Tusculum, noting that the house's 
huge beams, weighing three or 
four tons each, were meticulously 
crafted with such tools as the 
broad ax, block plane and two- 
man pit saw. "Every time I get 
into one of these things, I'm 
just stunned at how well they 
are constructed, this one in 
particular." he said. 

The process yielded up 
architectural clues like Roman 
numerals caned on the 
framework so the builder could 
ensure each board was properly 
placed. Bricks were revealed 
with the initials of the builders 
or owners etched into them. 
The quality and height of the 
wainscoting indicated the social 
stature of the occupants, as did 
the number of panes in the nine- 

over-nine windows, an obvious 
indicator of wealth. These bricks 
and panes of glass, along with 
all of the other pieces of this 
extraordinary house were all 
meticulously (painstakingly) 
labeled and currently reside in 
one of the unused dairy barns on 

Homecoming 2007 presents 
the opportunity to showcase this 
unique project. An Alumnae 
College presentation devoted 
to Tusculum will be held on 
Saturday, September 22, from 
2 pm-5 pm This is a must-attend 
event, as Sweet Briar will unveil 
the details of its plans for the 
Tusculum Institute, the result 
of an innovative public-private 
partnership between Virginia's 
Department of Historic Resources 
and the College, which will serve 
as a regional resource center for 
preservation issues. 


The addition of another historic 
structure to the campus was cause 
for an internal discussion about 
its use. Virginia is full of historic 
house museums, and while these 
institutions form an important 
part of our common cultural 

heritage, it was felt that we were 
presented with the opportunity 
to do something more. Our 
recent campaign to encourage 
prospective students to "Think 
Pink!" has been incredibly 
successful, and now when people 
think of Sweet Briar, we'd like 
the other school color to spring 
to mind: Green! The College has 
developed a plan to reuse the 
building as the Tusculum Institute 
to encourage the study and 
appreciation of local architecture, 
and educate the public about 
preservation and adaptive 
reuse as a useful and preferable 
alternative to demolition or new 
construction. In essence, we 
want to spread the message that 
buildings can be recycled like 
pop bottles and newspapers. 
This focus builds naturally upon 
Sweet Briar's past successes in 
recycling its historic buildings 
for new purposes, including the 
dairy barns, which are now art 
studios, the train station, which 
now houses classrooms, and a 
former water treatment facility at 
the lake that has been refitted as 
a wet lab for the Environmental 
Studies program. 

The Tusculum Institute will 
provide a dynamic link with 

existing academic programs, 
including those in Education 
and the Sciences to History 
and Archaeology, and also 
host lectures and short summer 
courses on preservation from 
visiting faculty. These initiatives 
will ensure that the college 
museum's established role as 
a steward of our built heritage 
continues to expand into a model 
to be followed outside of our 
local community, benefiting 
residents of our region, state and 
country. Sweet Briar's dedication 
to seeing this project through 
to completion demonstrates 
the strong commitment by the 
College to preserving history 
and tradition while remaining 
relevant to today's needs. Its 
addition to our campus will 
reaffirm the College's role in 
embracing innovative education, 
showing that historic buildings 
can play dynamic teaching roles 
rather than serving solely as 
examples of architecnire. albeit 
exceptionally fine ones. 

We invite you to join us during 
Homecoming 2007 to learn 
more about this extraordinary 


Tens of thousands of bricks were carefully preserved 
during the deconstruction of Tusculum. 

The markings on the beams were used by the builder to 
put everything together in the correct order. 

Parts and pieces of Tusculum await reconstruction. 

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Spring/Summer 2007 • 1 9 

Two students enjoy a ride 
along the Dairy Loop over- 
looking the new arts barn. 

Sweet Briar College 
Riding Program: 

Equitation outside the Ring 


Our magnificent 3.250-acre campus 
with its 16 miles of trails allows the 
Sweet Briar College Riding Program 
to stand out among top competitors. 
While the majority of riding programs 
in the United States focus on hunter 
seat equitation. Sweet Briar's campus 
allows us to reflect the "roots" of this 
sport, which grew out of the traditions of 
foxhunting and jumping horses in fields 
over natural obstacles. As urban sprawl 
decreases our nation's open land, many 
riders who attend the College have had 
little or no exposure to riding outside of 
a manicured ring. 

Sweet Briar's continued 
emphasis on our heritage of field 
riding offers students a rare opportunity to become bold 

rs. Cantering up and down hills and overjumps 
can be intimidating initially, but once students are exposed to this 
aspect of the sport, many of them fall in love with it. 

Adventures that our riders have had exploring the land as part of 
a class or the Fall Field Team are primary topics of conversation at 
the Alumnae Rides held during Reunion each spring. We continue to 
host Hunter Trials during Families Weekend each fall, followed by a 
Hunter Pace and Poker Ride in early November. 

The land also allows us to provide "recreational" riding 
opportunities along with our strong competitive program. The annual 
Halloween Ride, Easter Egg Hunt, and May Day Scavenger Hunt are 
highlights of the organized weekend rides that we offer throughout the 
fall and late spring each year. They provide a wonderful opportunity 
for interaction between the advanced riders, who serve as trail guides, 
and the beginner and novice riders in the program. 

Program growth has driven our facility additions as well. Over the 
past three years we have expanded our horse housing capacity from 63 
to 86. Generous gifts to the program have supported these expansions. 
Other gifts have allowed us to increase our fenced turnout, adding 
42 more acres of paddocks and larger fields; provide covered wash 
racks for the East and West wings of the main stable complex; and 
place a roof over our lunging pen. One of the most exciting additions 
has been the new truck and six-horse trailer that has allowed us to 
venture farther afield for competitive events. 

Such gifts have allowed us to make the most of the expansive 
campus we have for horses and people to use. Happy, healthy horses 
and confident riders are a significant factor in the success of our 
program, and the many opportunities the land provides foster these 
qualities in all of our participants. 

Sweet Briar's 
Education Center 


The old Water Plant, built in 
the early 1900s. is now a nature 
center that allows the Sweet 
Briar and Amherst communities 
to learn more about the beauty, 
trails, and natural history of 
Sweet Briar College and the 
Central Virginia area. The 
Environmental Education Center 
provides a modern facility for 
Sweet Briar students as well 
as local K-12 teachers and 
their students. The Center's 
Houston Environmental 
Research Laboratory 
contains sophisticated 
instrumentation for the 
study of the environment. 

The Water Plant, dating from 
the earliest days of the College, 
was renovated in 2003 as an 
environmental education/nature 
center, environmental laboratory, 
and faculty office. The lab is 
equipped with extensive water, 
soil, wastewater, and sediment 
sampling equipment including 
N-Con composite samplers, 
macroinvertebrate samplers, 
and specialized water collection 
devices. Hach 4000 UV/Vis 
and Vis spectrophotometers. 
Agilent 1100 high performance 
liquid chromatograph with 

diode array and fluorescence 
detectors, a Hewlett Packard 
gas chromatograph with mass 
selective detector, a Perkin- 
Elmer 800 atomic absorption 
spectrometer, a Turner Systems 
TD-20 luminometer, a BIOLOG 
microbial identification system, 
and much more. 

The Nature Center displays 
interesting biological and 
geological exhibits. 

Maintained and set up by 
the Environmental Studies 
Department, the Environmental 
Education Center maximizes 
the use of our extraordinary 
campus for our own students as 
well as those in the surrounding 
communities. This project was 
graciously supported by alumnae 
Molly Johnson Nelson ("64), 
Anne Sluckel Houston (*46). and 
The Beime Carter Foundation. 
We extend our thanks to our 
alumnae for their generosity and 
vision for the future. 

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Doing the Right Thing: 

Sweet Briar Signs the American College & University 
Presidents Climate Commitment 


""It was the right thing to do — both educationally 
and in service to our future." said Sweet Briar 
President Elisabeth Muhlenfeld when asked why 
she signed the American College & University 
Presidents Climate Commitment. 

The College is a charter signatory to the 
commitment — a pledge to become climate neutral. 
According to the ACUPCC Web site, this means 
"having no net greenhouse gas emissions." 
Colleges are supposed to get there "by minimizing 
greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible and 
using carbon offsets or other measures to mitigate 
the remaining emissions." 

Organizers of the initiative say they seek 
the commitment of 200 college and university 
presidents by June 2007. They are more than half 
way there, but the debate about global warming 
remains heated. 

In a recent sermon, the founder and chancellor 
of the area's largest private college. Liberty 
University, called the focus on global w aiming 
"endless hysteria and alarmism." 

The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel 
on Climate Change disagrees. In a report released 
in February, the panel of international scientists 
concluded that there is more than a 
90-percent certainty that humans contribute to 
global warming. 

And then there is former Vice President Al 
Gore's Academy Award-winning documentary, 
"An Inconvenient Truth." Supporters laud Gore 

The Sweet Briar 



The Sweet Briar Obsenatory. equipped w ith 
a 12" diameter Meade reflecting telescope, is 
located behind the upper lake. Students use the 
obsenatory during the academic year when an 
astronomy class is being taught. Mewing nights 
are also scheduled for the SBC community and 
the general public. 

for raising public awareness of climate change. 
Detractors say there are scientific inaccuracies in 
the film and that Gore's analysis of the impacts of 
global warming are exaggerated and alarmist. 

The verbal sparring between supporters and 
skeptics is enough to make the average person 
dizzy. At Sweet Briar however, the debate is over. 

"One wonders why we [the United States] are 
still debating when scientists world-wide have 
stopped debating." Muhlenfeld said. 

The Commitment calls for signatories to take 
a leadership role in addressing global warming. 
Environmental Studies Professor Rob Alexander 
said it is fitting that the nation's colleges and 
universities take on this role. 

"There is no one else who can make a 
statement with the authority of the nation's 
colleges and universities. We are the ones who 
really understand what is going on. We are 
the ones who are supposed to be intellectually 
honest enough to face reality even when it's not 

And participating in the Climate Commitment 
may not be comfortable for Sweet Briar. The 
College could have difficulty meeting some of 
the requirements due to its size and the age of the 
campus buildings, many of which were built in the 
early part of the 20th century. Participation may 
also require significant capital investment over the 
next decade — funds that are not currently part of 
the College's operating budget. Muhlenfeld said 

Adjunct Professor 
of Piano, Nathan 
Currier, Spreads 
Global Warming 


Sweet Briar College is pleased 
to have Dr. Nathan Currier on 
campus at a time when global 
warming awareness is an issue on 
the College agenda. As President 
Muhlenfeld signed the Climate 
Commitment. Dr. Currier's 
presence became an important 
part of Sweet Briar's dynamic 
educational community as his 
interests lie in science and art. 
Not only did this Julliard 
graduate spend much of his 
professional life composing 
music uniquely propelled 
by a scientific mentality, he 
also attended the Climate 
Project training seminar in 
Nashville, TN, with Al Gore. 
Dr. Currier is now considered one 
of Gore's "cavalry," armed with 
passion, know ledge, and a sense 
of duty to improve the world. 

Already, Sweet Briar has put 
his know ledge and talents to use. 
Dr. Currier gave a talk to students. 
faculty, and stall" regarding 
global wanning before a theater 
performance of Endgame, a play 
b\ Samuel Beckett focused on 
the end of human civilization. In 
Sweet Briar's production, directed 
by Professor of Theater and 
Dance Geofirej Kershner, the end 
was interpreted as being the result 
of global wanning. 

Dr. Currier is part of Sweet 
Briar's new Climate Initiative. 

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Spring/Summer 2007 • 2 1 

she expects any required funds to come from donations and grants. 

Despite the challenges, she was encouraged to sign the 
Commitment. "I would love for Sweet Briar to participate in this 
initiative because it shows leadership and forward-thinking in 
what is probably the most significant environmental issue of this 
century," Rebecca Ambers, assistant professor of environmental 
science wrote in an e-mail. 

Alexander was equally supportive of Sweet Briar's participation 
and said the real value of the Presidents Climate Commitment may 
not be in achieving the agreement's targets. 

"The most important impact of this commitment isn't 
in the actual reduction of greenhouse gases used by 
the College, but is in communicating to our students 
and the community at large that we must all address 
this issue," he said. "If colleges start doing this, then 
businesses may follow. Then individuals may follow as 
well. Someone has to be first." 

A steering committee has met once, and will again in April, to 
flesh out a long-range action plan to implement the Commitment. 
So far, it has identified five areas that will underpin the plan. These 
include land use, student and community engagement, an emissions 
inventory, and a mechanism to make the action plan, inventory and 
any progress reports publicly available. 

"We will have to take small steps and then some big ones," 
Muhlenfeld said. "As we build new buildings, this Commitment 
will keep us focused on energy efficiency. And we will explore 
ways to further reduce our energy consumption." 

Within two years of signing the Commitment, the College is 
expected to set a target date for "achieving climate neutrality as 
soon as possible" and to develop a plan to make climate change 
and sustainability not only a part of the curriculum, but a part of 
students" other educational experiences as well. 

The College has been working on improving its energy 
efficiency since 2000. The Physical Plant department has insulated 
attics and pipes, retrofitted lighting, and added new heating and 
cooling systems, SBC's Director of Physical Plant, Steve Bailey, 
told the student newspaper. These changes have reduced total 
energy consumption on campus by 22 percent. 

Achieving climate neutrality will require bolder steps and the 
biggest challenge may be in changing perceptions. 

"This [reducing greenhouse emissions] is going to require a 
change in mindset by many people," said Tim Kasper, steering 
committee member and director of the Institute for Sustainability 
and Environmental Education. "It will be a long and slow process, 
but if approached from enough angles and in the proper way — it 
can be done." 

Sweet Briar Students' 
Engineering Project to 
Bring Running Water to 
Rural Guatemalan School 

Project challenges attitudes women 
have about engineering 



American College & University 
Presidents Climate Commitment 

A small rural boarding school 
for seventh- to ninth-graders in 
the mountains of Guatemala may 
hold one answer to improving the 
number of women in engineering 
here in the United States. 

Eight Sweet Briar College 
students will visit the school in 
May on an engineering trip 
where they've committed to 
build a water storage tank and a 
brick enclosure, called a spring 
box, to secure a natural spring. 
They also hope to connect the 
spring box to the storage tank 
with a pump that can be operated 
by hand or electrically. The 
goal is to help provide access to 
clean running water for the 
64 students who attend the 
boarding school. 

The project has Sweet Briar 
sophomore Meredith Newman 
seeing engineering in a whole 
new light — and rethinking her 
major in sociology. 

The engineering project that 
has Newman so excited is the 
focus of an interdisciplinary 
course called Technology and 
Society: A Global Perspective. 
She said she originally registered 
for the course because it 
satisfied two general education 
requirements and "sounded 
interesting." At the time, she 
didn't know she'd be heading to 

Newman is emblematic of the 
many female students who don't 
consider engineering as a career. 
The reason, experts say, is because 
they don't see engineering as a 
way to help others. 

"I want to go out there and 
make a difference," Newman 
said. I thought I'd do it through 
teaching and coaching, but being 
an engineer would be a way to 
potentially make a really big 

Engineering major Sarah 
Smiley '09 agrees. "With 
engineering you can apply it to 
real life situations and can really 
help people. We're going to give 
running water to all these people 
— really help them, not just give 
them money." 

Nationwide, only 10% of 
engineers are women. Experts 
argue that if the United States 
is to remain competitive with 
other countries, more women and 
minorities must be encouraged to 
join the profession. Sweet Briar 
is one of only two women's 
colleges in the nation to 
offer degree programs in 

"I'm pretty excited about 
the class. It's my favorite one," 
said Newman. "It's making me 
second-guess my major." 

"I took physics in high 
school." she said. "My teacher 
told me to look into being an 
engineer. I didn't know what it 
really entailed. I like math but 
didn't have a good experience in 
middle school. I got it in my head 
that math was a problem. With 
this class. I'm looking back and 

Newman. Smiley, six other 
students and three Sweet Briar 
professors will spend about 
two weeks at the school in Xix, 

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gineering students bre" 

Chajul, El Quiche, one of the 
areas hardest hit by Guatemala's 
36-year civil war. Recently, 
students and professors from 
the University of Virginia, 
Virginia Tech. North Carolina 
State University and Lynchburg 
College have also signed onto 
the project. 

The school is run by 
Foundations for Education, a 
nonprofit scholarship program 
that aims to improve educational 
opportunities for Mayan youth. 

Jim Durand. the trip leader 
and SBC associate professor of 
engineering, said several groups 
have visited the school but none 
have successfully finished a 

"We went in with the idea 
that we were going to meet 
and listen to what the school 
administrators wanted." Durand 

said. "The classic error is to go 
in and tell the people what you 
think they need." 

They listened to Foundations 
for Education manager Ramelle 
Gonzales, who "just wanted 
some simple things finished," 
Durand said. 

"The building of the spring 
box will help to protect the 
water from being contaminated." 
Gonzales said. "Unfortunately 
the [2-acre] school grounds are 
not surrounded by a fence and 
the people from the village pass 
through the grounds on a daily 
basis with up to 20 sheep each." 

But the team hopes to do 
more. Thej want to finish a 
water tank started by another 
group and then connect the 
spring box to the tank with a 
pump system so the school has 
running water all year. 

"Rainy season up at the 
school is normally from May 
until December." Gonzales 
wrote in an e-mail. "The few- 
months that are dry soak up all 
the water. When the people run 
out of their water sources they 
take water from the springs at 
the school." 

"If we finish the water tank, 
then they can store and test the 
water." Durand explained. "If 
we can connect the spring and 
the tank, the school will have 
running water all year." 

"Unfortunately we won't 
have running water to use while 
we are there working on the 
project." Durand said, laughing. 
"We w ill be pretty much 
immersed in the realities ^\' 
daily life that these people lace. 
It'll be challenging and a great 
learning experience." 

To prepare. New man and 
her classmates built a full-scale 
prototype of the storage tank and 
spring box on campus. 

Newman's enthusiasm for the 
project is palpable. 

"I brought my sketches and 
notes to Professor Durand the 
other day," she said. "I spent 
two hours on the sketches. It 
was realh fun. And he looked at 
them and asked. 'So. Meredith. 
whj aren't you an engineering 
major'.'' " 

Newman recently added 
a minor in engineering to her 
academic program. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 23 

Creating a Sense of Beauty and Community: 

Donna Meeks, Grounds Superintendent 


As they arrive on campus in the spring, guests drive beneath a canopy 
of tree branches, beside daffodils blooming near lampposts, and past 
a fountain splashing water beside a bed of tulips. Stone benches 
await guests underneath rosebud and crabapple trees. Azaleas line the 
roadways and cherry trees bloom in Daisy's Garden at Sweet Briar 
House. Such an inviting landscape gives the impression of having 
been tended with a gingerly touch, not forced into shape. Visitors, 
residents, faculty, staff, and students find that Sweet Briar is a haven 
of natural beauty that inspires thought and conversation ideal for a 
college campus. This beauty is largely due to the work of an unsung 
staff led by Grounds Superintendent Donna Meeks. Donna's talents 
reach beyond maintaining the campus grounds, now in the full 
blossom of spring. Bringing people and nature together, she helps 
to foster the wholesome quality of Sweet Briar's campus that has 
convinced many to attend, visit, and return. 

Donna juggles multiple projects to nurture the land properly and 
keep it in good condition for its many uses. "Planning two months 
ahead keeps me going," Donna remarks as she anticipates the new 
challenges each season will bring. Year-round, she and her crew 
maintain the roadways, landscape the entrance way, trim and cut new 
trails, keep the fields and fencing in good repair, and tend to all the 
gardens on campus. They gather litter, pull weeds, prune trees, spread 
mulch, clean up after contractors, set up for events, and remove 
trash when many campus residents are still eating breakfast. On 
winter mornings, when snow and ice begin to fall and we reach for 
our radios to hear the news, Donna's crew is already spreading salt 
and plowing roadways. As she participates in ongoing maintenance 
and new projects, Donna's hands are always in her work, nurturing 
and creating beauty and efficiency. Through her 
direction, she ensures that the campus is 
made safe, grounds are kept refreshed 
and fertile, and a friendly relationship is 
sustained between people and the land. 

Because many departments use the main campus 
trails, and fields, Donna collaborates with faculty 
and staff to accomplish their goals. Working 
together, they have completed projects like the 
Community Garden, the Sweet Briar Plantation 
Burial Ground, and the trail system. Preparing the 
land is a laborious job, and weather often does not 
cooperate, but Donna feels the effort is "instantly 
gratifying." After completing a project, she finds 
that the rewards are worth the hours spent building, 
repairing, and cleaning. During working hours, 
people strike friendships with each other and the 
land. "Sweet Briar is a community and a family," 
Donna says, "everybody is working toward doing 
positive things." 

The history of the campus is important in 
understanding the needs Donna and her team 

must fill. Living nearby for many years, she watched the land cycle 
through drastic changes. In 1994, when the Dairy Farm ceased to 
operate, the property began to transform. Cows no longer trimmed 
the edges of the fields and made use of the acreage; this added 
responsibilities to the grounds crew and urged them to find new uses 
for the fields. Since then, the land has become a resource for those 
on- and off-campus. Area farmers rent the hay fields, Donna and 
her crew keep the edges clean and cut, acres have been converted to 
athletic fields, buildings and renovations have added to the overall 
appearance and resourcefulness. The end of the Dairy Farm marked a 
historic change, "the end of an era," in Donna's words. 

The death of two of our ancient campus trees has affected the 
more recent history of Sweet Briar and the work of the Grounds 
Crew. "We just lost the Honey Locust in the President's yard and 
the Fletcher Oak last year," says Donna, two that had been living 
on campus since its earlier days. However, changes are not always 
of loss. "We're beginning new plantings," Donna says. Flowers 
are replenished with "two changes per year," as Donna works with 
campus events to create color schemes for a welcoming appearance. 

Perhaps Donna's understanding of nature, resource, and 
beautification comes from the hours she spends on horseback, riding 
the trails up the mountains of Nelson County; or from her love of 
music, a game of coordinating tones, patterns, and timing to create 
beauty. Living a professional life full of work on the land and a 
home life filled with outdoor hobbies and creativity, she successfully 
achieves her campus goals for the beautification and maintenance of 
the grounds and her goal, as the leader of her staff, to convey the idea 
that "this is home." 

Donna Meeks, Grounds Superintendent 

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Glenton Goodwill, SBC Catering Chef 

Glenton Goodwill, 

Sweet Briar Catering Chef 



Sweet Briar's new Catering 
Chef, Glenton Goodwill, is 
spicing up the menu for Sweet 
Briar Catering. Born into "a 
cooking family," Glenton's 
Jamaican roots are peppered 
with memories of making and 
enjoying traditional food. He 
remembers his grandmother 
cooking jerk chicken, serving 
ackee (a Jamaican fruit), and 
preparing curried goat (a 
Jamaican party favorite). Food 
is something beyond taste and 
enjoyment for Glenton; it's a 
heritage to continue, a legacy 
in which he participates. "Back 
there," he says, "a chef was 
like a god." A magic element 
accompanied the task of 
transforming ingredients into 
food rich in flavor and uniting 

in quality. With a cultural 
background steeped in the 
importance of coming together 
over food and with excellent 
training experience through 
various culinary institutions and 
fine resorts, Glenton arrived 
at Sweet Briar as a passionate 
cook who easily adapted to 
his position. Having served 
dinners to guests numbering 
as few as two and as many as 
one thousand. Glenton is well 
prepared for the multitude of 
special events held on campus. 
We're pleased to welcome 
him into the Sweet Briar 

Glenton brought his 
Jamaican traditions with him 
through culinary school where 
he developed his own style. 

During school, he "fell in 
love with sauces" made from 
meat and wine. He discovered 
how the European use of wine 
makes a wonderful complement 
to Jamaican spice. "I call it 
European style with Jamaican 
flair," he says. There's a balance 
to reach between the two, and 
from this balance he invents 
masterful recipes of creath ity 
and refined taste. "1 love lo 
use in-season foods. In the 
kitchen, you'll find all kinds 
of fresh herbs and spices." he 
tells of his workplace. Glenton's 
commitment to quality food and 
making use of local markets and 
fresh spices makes his creations 
special. Mixing ingredients isn't 
simpk cooking forGlenton, 
it's ail. 

Glenton's training began 
with basic culinary classes 
at the Bethel Vocational 
Training Institute in Jamaica, 
and continued at the Herbert 
Morrison Technical College 
in the West Indies where he 
received his culinary arts degree. 
To strengthen his training, he 
took classes at the Caribbean 
Institute of Hotel Management 
in Bermuda. He has worked in 
some of the top resorts in the 
Caribbean and the United States. 
Beginning as an apprentice at 
the Round Hill Hotel in Jamaica, 
he quickly moved into the 
position of Chef Tournant. the 
chef skilled in all stations of a 
resort kitchen. At Hedonism II. 
Jamaica, he served as the Sous 
Chef. He was the Executive Chef 
at the Boonsboro Country Club 
in Lynchburg and The Pointe 
Restaurant and Conference 
Center in Huddleston, VA. He 
says of himself that he readily 
accepts new challenges, which, 
no doubt, has led him into such 
highest ranking roles. 

At home, Glenton has his 
own "cooking family." with 
wife Vickie, a pastry chef and 
owner of the Drowsy Poet cafe 
on Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg. 
They have three children: two 
boys (Courtney. 10 and David. 
18 months) and one girl (Evelyn, 
4). "I think of my kids to manage 
stress," he says \\ hen asked 
about the stress level of such 
demanding work. Because so 
main ihings are going on ai once 
in a professional kitchen, "you 
have to really love ii." After 35 
years (and counting) in the food 
industry, Glenton remarks about 
his art: "It's 

the world when someone 
says, 'I love your food.'" 

Sweel Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 25 

Pat Hutto, Manager of the 

Florence Elston Inn and Conference Center 


Pat Hutto, Manager of the Elston 
Inn and Conference Center 

f Pat Hutto greets professionals, 
o- students, and guests who visit the 
=f Florence Elston Inn and Conference 


I Center with her distinctive British 
3 accent and upbeat personality. 
As manager, Pat maintains a 
positive attitude toward her work 
and helps to create a welcoming 
atmosphere that extends throughout 
a visitor's Sweet Briar experience. 
The constant come-and-go of 
company is a joy to Pat and has 
been an integral part of her life 
from a young age. As an adolescent 
in Great Britain, she helped her 
parents run their bed-and-breakfast. 
There, she learned to make true 
English scones, to manage a reservation calendar, and to greet guests 
with cheer as they arrive. Later, Pat opened her own English tea 
room with her husband in the United States. Her private collection of 
75 teapots testifies to her passion for classic enjoyment of food and 

Pat has been a familiar face on campus for some time, first 
employed as a dispatcher for the Department of Safety from 
1998-2001, and then as Supervisor of the Inn from 2001-2003. As 
the Wailes Center and Elston Inn expanded into the full-fledged 
Conference Center of today, she took on the role of manager in 2003. 
Her life is now a balancing act of coordinating calendars, events, and 
daily meetings. Organization is a continual learning process as new 
requests are posed with each special event. 

Recent improvements have increased use of the Inn and Conference 
Center by faculty, staff, students, and outside groups. Inn rooms have 
been upgraded with wireless internet, new furniture and wallpaper; 
new carpet has been laid in the Conference Center. Audio visual 

equipment also has been upgraded. With new marketing strategies 
in place, Pat predicts that the facilities will become an even more 
desirable resource for public use. "It's now becoming a profitable 
venture," Pat says. "We're booked all year round. And over 
60 percent of weddings are those of alumnae returning 

celebrate. The other 40 percent are local. News about the Inn is 
spreading by word of mouth. The campus makes a perfect wedding 
package with the option of the Boat House for the rehearsal dinner, 
the Sweet Briar Chapel for the ceremony, the Inn to house guests, and 
the Conference Center for the reception." To Pat. the prospect of more 
demand for the Conference Center is very promising. 

When it comes to juggling calendars and tasks, Pat is constantly 
on her toes. Coordinating three groups of staff, including the 
Information Center and Florence Elston Inn Front Desk. Catering, 
and Housekeeping, is a great challenge. "Keeping the staff happy 
and working as a team," is at the top of her priority list. Members of 
Pat's staff must work with speed, efficiency, and quality to put on an 
enjoyable event. From setting up chairs and skirting tables, to pouring 
drinks and sauteing vegetables, the staff often turns over two and 
three special events in a weekend. Such a job is not without surprises; 
all must be able to improvise as unforeseen problems arise. Pat 
explained one instance when the staff pulled together during a power 
outage at a Board of Directors meeting. They stoked fires in the 
fireplaces, brought out candles, and the meeting continued. Several 
Board members were disappointed when the power came back! To 
Pat, snags in the plan are only challenges to overcome and inspire 
growth for the future. 

The Florence Elston Inn and Conference Center is a place of 
constant motion, where the reconfiguration of chairs, tables, lighting, 
color scheme, floral arrangements, food offerings, and equipment are 
ongoing. Pat's challenge to multitask and to always hold that smile is 
something she embraces each day. "'I love meeting people, and I love 
Sweet Briar's campus," Pat says. These are her favorite aspects of her 
busy profession. 


26 • Spring/Summer 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Project Management: 

a passion and a rewarding way of life 

Steve Bailey, Director of Physical Plant 



Steve Bailey, director of Physical 
Plant Operations since August 
2005, is an asset to Sweet Briar 
College, and plays an integral 
part in its everyday function. His 
efforts and the work of his staff 
make the College an enjoyable 
place for all. Born in Amherst 
County, Steve has been familiar 
with Sweet Briar for many years. 
He began to truly appreciate the 
campus when he started dating 
his wife, Susan Parr Bailey '81 . 

Steve oversees the six 
departments of Physical 
Plant: Power Plant, Grounds, 
Housekeeping, Carpenter Shop. 
Telecom, and the Post Office. 
fixing broken items, turning 
on air conditioning, cleaning 
buildings, and day-to-day 
maintenance of the campus are 

some of the constant demands 
he and his staff address. In a 
place where change occurs every 
day and where each season 
adds new events to the college 
calendar, needs must be met 
quickly and with attention to 
quality work and efficiency. 
Fortunately, project management 
is Steve's expertise, and is to 
him "the most enjoyable part 
of the job." I- 

kinds of campus projects 
from building upgrades to 
new building construction 
and attributes much of his 
own success to his willing 

•The employees of 
Physical Plant are the best 
group of people I've ever had 
the privilege to work w ith. 
They have a tough job, and they 

are dedicated to ensuring that 
the College runs smoothly. 1 
appreciate their efforts." 

Major changes to the campus 
have occurred in the two years 
Steve has led the Physical Plant 
staff. Renovations to the Campus 
School, the new gym project, 
and the Arts Bam have had 
positive impacts on the 
community. The Campus School 
now has new floors and nicer 
classrooms. Sweet Briar students 
and visiting athletic groups 
enjoy training on better fields. 
The new Arts Barn is an 
innovative use of space already 
available to the College. "It 
feels good to accomplish so 
many things." Steve says, "the 
challenge is to make continual 

Steve Bailey, Director of 
Physical Plant 

Steve's dedication to progress 
and helping others is reflected 
in his life outside of work as 
well. In addition to his position 
at Sweet Briar, he is a member 
of the Board of Directors for the 
Amherst Chamber of Commerce 
and the president of Rebuilding 
Together * Amherst/Nelson, Inc.. 
an organization that performs 
renovations for elderly, disabled, 
and low income homeowners. 
With over 300 volunteers. 
Rebuilding Together (formerly 
called Christmas In April) repairs 
10-15 homes annually on the last 
Saturday in April. Manx of these 
homes are in grave disrepair. 
The mission of the organization 
is to preserve and revitalize 
these homes and communities, 
assuring that low -income 
homeowners live in warmth. 
safety, and independence. Sweet 
Briar is privileged to have Steve, 
a resource for outreach and 
leadership in his community, 
as a member of our campus 

Steve's in\ olvement in 
outside organizations as well 
as his exceptional work at 
Sweet Briar proves that project 
management is not just a job 
to Steve: it's a passion and a 
rewarding way of life. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 27 


Dance Professor Mark Magruder teaches dance 

techniques to students 

Kids In College enjoy the soccer field 

Children launch catapults during the 2006 Kids 
In College program 

Kids In College 

SBC hosts fifth annual "Kids In College" 
program, a summer enrichment curriculum 
for 3rd-8th-graders, in June. Led by faculty, 
staff, alumnae, others, the program offers 
fun-filled educational experiences, with 
invigorating exploration of topics in the arts 
and sciences. 

Lynchburg, Amherst, and Nelson County 
students select two classes to participate in 
each morning during week-long program. 
Small classes (10-12 students per class) allow 
personal attention, guidance through a variety 
of fascinating study areas. 


Art and Architecture. Make a mosaic on a 
Mac computer; design a dream dorm; plan home 
renovations; paint a self-portrait; create a stained 
glass window; take an architectural treasure hunt. 
Explore the world of art and architecture. Instructor: 
Christian Carr, Director of the SBC Museum/ 
Assistant Professor, Arts Management. 

Beading 101. Admire beautiful beadwork on 
American Indian clothes? Make a necklace like 
one seen on a Sioux warrior in the movies! Learn 
the basic stitch ("basket weave"|. Instructor: Patricia 
Trout, Housekeeper, Sweet Briar House. 

Chess. Learn to play a great game. Beginners 
and up welcome. Instructor: Kevin Phelps, Director, 
Dining Services. 

Creative Choreography and Dance. Learn 
ballet, jazz, modern dance. Make up dances. Find 
out what it's all about! Instructor: Samantha Angus, 
SBC '05. 

Creative Embroidery. Decorate clothing with 
embroidery. Create designs, use needle and thread 
to transform a plain T-shirt into a one-of-a-kind item. 
Instructor: Cynthia Fein, Secretary, Dean's Office. 

Fitness FUNdamentals. How to get in shape 
like college and professional athletes: covers fitness 
and nutrition. Instructor: Shelly Taylor, Head Athletic 

German for Kids. Games, songs, media, 

activities teach German vocabulary, expressions, 
culture. Focus on listening, speaking, reading, 
writing. Program can fit the level of each child's 
German knowledge and age. Instructor: Tiffany 
Cummings, Director, International Studies. 

Imaginative Improv. Games and role playing, 
explore the creative process of theatrical improv. 
(Grades 3-6) Instructor: Geoffrey Kershner, Adjunct 
Instructor, Theatre & Dance. 

Introduction to Golf. Introduction to 
fundamentals of golf for all ability levels, emphasis 
on safety, fun. Includes grip, posture, alignment, 
balance, golf course etiquette. Instructor: Blaise 
Whittle, Administrative Assistant, Physical 

Karate KIC: An Introduction to Black Belt 
Leadership Training. Teaches how to become 
leaders at home, school, in the community. Martial 
Arts teach more than kicking, blocking, punching. 
Students learn life skills (confidence, goal setting, 
self-discipline, integrity, Black Belt Attitude) while 
having fun. Includes facts on nutrition, physical 
fitness, importance of healthy activity. Instructor: 
Amanda Schwink '03, Chief Instructor, Amherst 
Karate Academy. 

Knitting. For beginners and those with knitting 
experience. No required project; teacher has 
project ideas for those starting out. Make a scarf, 
hat, or even a dog sweater! Instructor: Tiffany 
Cummings, Director, International Studies. 

Learn to Play the Piano. Play favorite pop 
tunes, hymns, songs in our state-of-the-art piano 
lab. Learn basic chords, rhythms, note-reading. 
Instructor: Anna Billias, SBC Choir Accompanist. 

Learn to Tap Dance. Class teaches love of all 
that is tap. Learn basics, feel the rhythm! Instructor: 
Julia Pleasants, W&L '08, daughter of Craig and 
Sheila Pleasants (Virginia Center for the Creative 

Nature Explorers. "Walk on the wild side," 
exploring SBC's vast natural landscape. Visit 
old forests, young fields, marshes, meadows, 
streams, ponds in search of wild creatures, plants 
and nature's mysterious outdoors (Grades 6-8). 
Instructor: Michael Hayslett, Adjunct Professor, 
Environmental Studies. 

Old-Time Banjo Music Fun. Learn basic 
method of Old Time or "clawhammer" style banjo 
playing, simple tunes (including Civil War songs), 
plus some accompanying instruments (jawharp, 
bones, jug). Team-taught by SBC musicians. 
Students treated to mini-concert or jam. Instructor: 
Michael Hayslett, Adjunct Professor, Environmental 

Outdoor Adventure Skills. Learn 
orienteering, fire building, constellation navigation, 
knot tying, camp crafts, outdoor leadership (Grades 
3-5). Instructor: Joan Lucy, Director, Leadership 
Certificate Program, CoCurricular Life. 

Pinhole Photography. Make a working 
camera from an empty box; develop pictures in 
a real darkroom. Instructor: Nancy McDearmon, 
Registraral Assistant, SBC Art Gallery. 

Sleuthing the Truth. Learn forensic techniques 
to solve mini crimes: fingerprinting, ink analysis, 
other techniques used by crime scene investigators 
to find the truth. Instructor: Todd Anderson, Science 
Instructor, James River Day School. 

Soccer Fun with Coach Shaw. Basics of 
soccer in a "team-oriented" environment. Individual 
skills of dribbling, passing, shooting and ball 
control, team skills of ball possession addressed. 
Instructor: Paul Shaw, Lecturer/Chair, Physical 
Education/Varsity Soccer Coach. 

The Art of the Fake Fight. Using the art of 
"stage combat" students learn to fall, roll, and fake 
their way through a fight! (Grades 7-8) Instructor: 
Geoffrey Kershner, Adjunct Instructor, Theatre & 

Where in the World? Explore physical 
geography, local customs of several countries 
around the world, and "strange, but true" facts 
for each. Learn what daily life is like for children 
living there, sample different foods! Instructor: Jill 
Gavitt '97, Assistant Director, Admissions/Special 
Program Recruitment. 

YOU Can Save the Earth. Investigate 
environmental problems of human population 
growth and natural resource consumption using 
simple demonstrations, hands-on experiments, 
group discussions. Examine sustainable resource 
use, think globally, act locally with group 
challenges and eco-crafts. Some homework 
assignments. Indoor and outdoor activities. (Grade: 
3-5) Instructor: Tonya Van Hook, Entomologist/ 
Monarch Butterfly Conservation Biologist/Research 
Assistant in Biology. 

28 • Spring/Summer 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

The Time 
is Now! 


Women's sports and the value 
placed on female fitness and 
physical wellbeing have taken 
a dramatic turn, especially in 
the last 20 years. Today Sweet 
Briar students come to campus 
considering athletics and fitness 
as integral parts of their lives. 
Transforming our 75-year-old 
gymnasium into a modern fitness 
and athletics complex echoes 
the transformation of women's 
roles in our culture. The change 
is a physical affirmation of the 
strength and power of women 
whose education accepts no 
limits. The time for a new 
facility is now. 

Growing a young woman's 
leadership and teamwork skills 
through sports is invaluable to 
her lifelong success, a benefit 
repeatedly proven through 
studies. Moreover, students build 
and cement their permanent 
Sweet Briar relationships — those 
friendships that have been a 
hallmark of every student's 
experience for over a hundred 
years — on our athletic fields and 
in our fitness facilities. 

Elevating our athletics and 
wellness programs to match 
the excellence of our academic 
programs is crucial to our 
students' wellbeing, a vision we 
will accomplish through a new 
Fitness and Athletics Center. 
To fund the construction of the 
Fitness and Athletics Center and 
renovate the Daisy Williams 
gymnasium, a volunteer major 
gills committee has been created 
to lake a leadership role in 
reaching the project goal of S10 
million. The committee includes 
experienced alumnae and parent 

volunteers who are passionate 
about this project. If you are 
interested in serving on the 
committee or want to recommend 
a committee member, please 
contact Heidi Hansen McCrory, 
Vice President for Development 
at (434) 381-6162 or hmccrory 

Fitness & Athletics Center 
Gifts Committee 

Katherine Upchurch 

Takvorian '72. Chair 
Judy Wilson Grant '66 
Katherine A. Hearne '85 
Donna Pearson Josey '64 
Salh Old Kitchin '76 
Elvira McMillan Tate '65 
Bee Newman Thayer '61 

Nearly S4 million in gifts and 
pledges were committed to the 
facility during Our Campaign 
For Her World. To date, over 
$425,000 has been raised toward 
the additional $6 million needed 
to complete the project, including 
a significant leadership gift 

from Brad and Bee Newman 
Thayer '61. As a testament to 
the importance of the new 
facility, every one of the 
Sweet Briar College faculty 
and staff associated with 
the Physical Education and 
Recreation Department and 
our athletics programs — 
from the Athletic Director 
to housekeeping — has 

ffort. It 
doesn't get any better than 100% 
participation from those faculty 
and staff who understand the 
importance of the new facility, 
and are committed to seeing the 
dream become a real its ! 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 29 


By any standard. Sara Shallenberger 
Brown has led a fascinating life. 
The daughter of Brigadier General 
Martin Conrad Shallenberger 
and Ina Hamilton Dowdy. Sally 
Shallenberger was born April 14, 
1911 in Valdez, Alaska. As the daughter of a 
military officer, she spent her childhood living in 
seven states and six countries and became fluent 
in several languages. 

She settled in Louisville in 1935 when she 
married W. L. Lyons Brown, of Brown-Forman 
Distillers Corporation. The couple raised four 
children: W. L. Lyons "Lee" Brown, Jr. (former 
Ambassador to Austria and former Brown-Forman 
CEO and chairman). Martin Shallenberger Brown 
(past president of Jack Daniel Distillery), Owsley 
Brown II (current chairman and former CEO of 
Brown-Forman), and Ina Brown Bond (Mrs. Allen Bond III, member of Brown-Forman 
board of directors). 

Mrs. Brown, an accomplished artist and 
designer, is known for worldwide support and 
advocacy on behalf of the environment and 
preservation and has been an active supporter 
and fund-raiser for educational, historical, and 
environmental organizations. She has lectured on 
conservation and horticulture and was a pioneer 
breeder of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. At 
Ashbourne Farms in Oldham County, she bred 
cattle and Thoroughbreds. 

Over the years. Mrs. Brown has served on 
more than 17 Kentucky boards and more than 19 
national boards. She represented the United States 
at the U.N. Conference on World Population in 
1974 and 1984. Among other outstanding awards, 
she received the Nature Conservancy's highest 
honor, the Oak Leaf Award, and a 600-acre 
tract of pristine land along the Kentucky River 
Palisades is named in her honor. Her service is 
impressive by any measure. However, having just 
turned 96 years young on April 14. Mrs. Brown is 
still going strong, working for causes she believes 
in. and lobbying members of Congress and even 
presidents on their behalf. 

Mrs. Brown, 

an accomplished artist 

and designer, is known 

for worldwide support 

and advocacy on behalf 

of the environment and 

preservation and has 

been an active supporter 

and fund-raiser for 

educational, historical, 

and environmental 


Reprinted from Visions magazine, courtesy of 
KET-KentuckT Educational Television. 

30 • Spring/Summer 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Sally Brown: 
| force of Nature 

| A documentary 
% narrated by Joanne 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

er hard work and 
led to the historic 
expansion of the 
Arctic National 
Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). and 
she was there on December 2. 
1980 when President Jimmj 
Carter signed that expansion 
into law. 

She led the effort to preserve 
Locust Grove, the historic 
Louisville home of George 
Rogers Clark, when it was 
nothing more than a dilapidated 
home surrounded by weeds and 
of little interest to anyone. Today, 
it is a national historic landmark 
and an accredited museum. 

She helped nurture the 
renowned Actors Theatre of 
Louisville and played an integral 
part in founding River Fields, a 
nationally respected organization 
devoted to protecting the Ohio 
River Corridor. 

Her name is Sally Brown, but 
you may not know this woman 
of the world who has made 
Louisville her home for some 70 
years. The reason is simple. Sall\ 
Brow n has never been concerned 
with getting attention for herself. 
She has focused on getting the 
job done. 

Sally Brown: Force of 
Nature, an hour-long KIT 
(Kentucky Educational 
Television) documentary, tells 
these stories and more, profiling 
this unique woman — a woman 
whom the nun ers and shakers 
of the world call a mover and 

"She is just a fascinating 
individual." said documentary 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 31 

Sally Brown has never been concerned with getting attention for herself. She has focused on getting the job done. 

producer/director Janet Whitaker, 
"but because she is so humble, 
most Kentuckians don't realize 
what a huge role she has played 
in conservation and historic 
preservation locally, nationally, 
and globally. She is trying to 
make sure the world is a better 
place for generations to come." 

"If she's on your side it's 
wonderful," said Kentucky 
Hall of Fame journalist Barry 
Bingham, Jr., shortly before 
his death in April 2006. "I can 
imagine if you are on the other 
side seeing Sally Brown come 
into the room would cause your 

knuckles to go white because 
you know you are going to be 
up against someone who doesn't 
at the end of the day say I'm 
going to pack up and go home 
and forget it. She doesn't do 
that. That's what makes her 
such a wonderful friend of the 
environment and of all the other 
projects she supports." 
And as the program 
demonstrates, that list of projects 
is exhaustive, encompassing 
everything from worldwide 
concerns such as the United 
Nations Conference on World 
Populations, to national matters 

such as the Natural Resource 
Defense Council, to Kentucky 
favorites such as Shaker Village 
of Pleasant Hill and Louisville's 
Waterfront Park. 

"Sally delves into each 
organization with her trademark 
mix of passion, intelligence, 
and tenacity," said Shae 
Hopkins, executive producer 
of the program and KET 
deputy executive director for 
programming and production. 
"She is one of those rare 
individuals who has truly made a 
difference in the world.' 

Sally Brown: Force of Nature is a 

KET production. Generous funding 
for this production was provided by 
National City Bank of Kentucky, David 
and Betty Jones. Alex G. Campbell Jr. 
and Mr. and Mrs. William T. Young Jr. 

More information about Sally 
Brown and this documentary is 
available at: 

For a DVD or VHS copy of 
Sally Brown: Force of Nature. 
please e-mail or call 
(800) 945-9167. 

Reprinted from Visions magazine, 
courtesy of KET-Kentucky 
Educational Television. 


Her father an Army general, Sally grew 
up around the world. Amidst political 
turmoil in Greece, she befriended Prince 
Nicholas' children and the family lived 
in Austria when Chancellor Dolphus 
was assassinated and the Nazis were 
threatening to invade. 

Artistic License 

An accomplished artist, Brown graduated 
from Sweet Briar College with a degree in 
Fine Arts with an emphasis on painting. 

Family Matters 

Married in 1935, her husband Lyons 
Brown became president of Brown-Forman 
Corporation in 1945 and chairman in 
1951. The couple had four children. 

A Go-for-it Spirit 

After receiving a Cavalier King Charles 
Spaniel from a European friend, Brown 
discovered the breed wasn't recognized in 
the U.S. and started a club that led to AKC 
' registration for the breed. 

Nature Lover 

Brown is active in many state and national 
organizations. The 600-acre Sally Brown 
Nature Preserve in Kentucky was named in 
honor of her tireless work. 

Reprinted front Visions magazine, courtesy of 
KET-Kentucky Educational Television. 

32 • Spring/Summer 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Financial Update and General 
Comments on the Fiscal Year 
Ending June 30, 2006 


Since Sweet Briar began publishing its "Honor Roll of Donors" on the 
web instead of in hard copy, the College has not included its financial 
operating results in the Alumnae Magazine. With the Spring/Summer 
2007 issue, these results will once again become an annual feature. 

In reviewing the fiscal year ending June 30. 2006, the Board 
of Directors was pleased to note the significant improvement 
the College had shown in just three short years. Although the 
College's financial position improved with the growth of the 
stock market in the late 90s, between July 2000 and June 30, 
2003 its financial position worsened. The size of incoming classes 
decreased each year during that period. Due to the decline in the 
stock market and an increasing reliance on endowment spending, 
the College's endowment had dropped from a high of S126M in 
FY 1999 to S86M in FY 2003. In FY 2003, the College had a tuition 
discount rate of 54%. The discount rate is the percentage that is 
produced by dividing institutional financial aid grants by total tuition 
and fees, exclusive of room and board. In short, the College was 
awarding increasing amounts of aid, and drawing too heavily on our 
endowment to do so. Our endowment drawdown was at an all-time 
high in FY 03 of $1 2. 1M. 

Faced with declining enrollment and a spending rate that 
was unsustainable, the Board of Directors, working with the 
administration, established a strategic planning committee to 
study the long-range future of the College. During FY 2004, the 
Shape of the Future Committee, with membership from the Board, 
the administration, the Alumnae Association and the faculty met 
throughout the year to explore the various options open to the 
College. The Committee established twin goals of long-term 
financial stability and larger enrollment. Input was received from 
students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. In addition, the College 
contracted with George Dehne Associates, a well-known higher 
education market research firm, to test several alternatives. 
After almost a year of meetings and discussions the committee 
recommended to the Board of Directors on May 26. 2004 that Sweet 
Briar remain a women's college, and that we recast our mission to 
embrace wholeheartedly and clearly the fact that today's graduates 
will move into professional life. 

Even before the Shape of the Future meetings began, the College 
developed a plan to reduce its reliance on the endowment to 5% 
by FY 2010. To accomplish this, the College would ha\c to reduce 
endowment spending from $I2.1M to $5M over seven years, or h\ 
$7.IM while increasing our endowment to approximately S100M. 
With an operating base of S38.7M, the task would not be easy. 
Working together, the faculty, stall, and administration initiated 
several steps to ensure that the College not onl) would sun ive, but 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 







Academic Support (Dean's Office, Library, Registrar, Media) 

Student Services (Student Affairs, Admissions) 

Institutional Support (President, VPFA, Development, Alumnae) 

Scholarships and Fellowships 

Auxiliary Enterprises 





Net Tuition and Fees 

Investment Income 


Auxiliary Sales and Services 

Other Sources 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 33 

Sweet Briar Institute Statement of Activities 
Fiscal Year Endingjune 30, 2006 



Net Tution and Fees 

Investment Income |l I 


Auxiliary Sales and Services 

Sales & Services Educational Dept 

Federal Grants & Contracts 

State Grants & Contracts 

Other Sources 

Total Revenues and Gains 

1 1 ,706,444 







364, 1 77 








1 .69% 

1 .73% 









1 .75% 

Academic Support 



Student Services 



Institutional Support 



Scholarship and Fellowship 



Auxiliary Enterprises 



Total Expenses 



Change in Net Assets 3,493,430 

Net Assets at the beginning of the Year 1 38,564,238 

Net Assets at end of Year 142,057,668 

1 1 ) Includes Investment income and Realized gain ond Unrealized loss on long & short term investments 

Sweet Briar Institute Consolidated Statement of Financial Position 

Fiscal Year Endingjune 30, 2006 


Cash and Cash Equivalents 2,525,009 

Accounts Receivable 603,469 

Loans to Students 1,488,088 

Dividends & Interest Receivable 379,528 

Contributions Receivable 1 ,959,71 8 

Pledges Receivable 4,604,099 

Inventories 338,754 

Prepaid Expenses and Deferred Chgs 145,106 

Investments 94,834,933 

Beneficial Int Perpetual Trust 7, 1 28,492 

Assets Restricted to Investment in land, building and equipment 7,955,163 

Land, Buildings and Equipment 48,765,763 

Deferred Bond Issuance Costs 388,767 

Funds held by Trustee under bond indenture 1 1 ) 1 9,49 1,982 

Total Assets 190,608,871 


Accounts and Other Payables 


Accrued Interest 


Student Deposits and Advance Fees 


U.S. Government Grants Refundable 


Annuity Obligations 


Asset Retirement Obligation 


Post Retirement Benefit Obligations 


Self Insurance Liability 


Bonds Payable (1) 


Total Liabilities 





Unrestricted- Designated 


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( 1 ) Proceeds from Series 2006 bonds to retire all earlier issued bonds at the earlier of the callable dater or 
maturity date of each bond 

thrive. In FY 2005 salaries were frozen and the College reduced its 
employee retirement contribution from 10% to 8% of an employee's 
salary. Nineteen staff positions were eliminated. All vacated positions 
were reviewed and supervisors had to justify why the vacated position 
should be filled. Once the determination was made to fill a position, it 
was held open for 4 weeks to save operating dollars (critical positions 
such as public safety were exempt from the waiting period). This 
policy remains in force today. All non-salary budgets were cut 10% 
and have remained flat, the only exception being non-controllable 
expenditures such as health care, utilities, and food. Our new Dean of 
Admissions, Ken Huus, working with outside consultants and using 
the market research of George Dehne Associates, developed a new 
admissions marketing strategy. 

So how did the College finish FY 2006? By being proactive and 
working collectively with our Board and alumnae, each incoming 
class since 2004 increased in size, while the tuition discount rate 
was reduced from 54% in FY 2003 to 46% in FY 2006. The 
College reduced its reliance on the endowment from $12.1M 
to S8.9M in FY 2006 (S3.2M decrease). During this period, the 
College's endowment grew from $86M to S94M. Unlike many of 
our competitors, we have been able to cut costs, increase salaries 
(3% in FY 2006; 4.25% in FY 07), reduce our tuition discount rate 
and increase our enrollment. The operating turnaround was critical as 
the College began the process to refinance all of its long term debt in 
late 2005. Investors took notice that the College had a clear strategic 
vision and was willing to make the necessary budgetary cuts. This 
was rewarded when we generated interest of over S140M in orders 
against S20M of bonds. With the strong demand, we were able to 
refinance all long-term debt for 25 years at a fixed rate of 4.815%. 
Refinancing improved the College's annual cash flow by over S800K. 
A strong indication that Sweet Briar is on the correct path is that 
we had the largest entering class in 20 years in the fall of 2006. 
As FY 2007 comes to a close, the College is projecting a tuition 
discount rate of 44% and endowment spending of S7.7M ($4.4M 
less than FY 2003). 

In conclusion, morale is high and the College is filled with 
optimism. Our capital campaign was a tremendous success. We 
anticipate one of our largest classes in decades, while dropping our 
overall discount rate to 42% in FY 2008. Our success is due to the 
collective support from our alumnae, Board, parents, faculty, staff, 
and students. The College is well on the way to a sustainable 5% 
endowment spending rate. However, to ensure that Sweet Briar 
remains affordable and strong for the generations to come we must 
continue to increase our enrollment, grow our endowment and be 
prudent in our financial decisions. To achieve this, it is critical that 
we all contribute, whether it be recruiting prospective students and 
promoting Sweet Briar to our friends and family, giving to the Annual 
Fund or endowment to support ongoing operations such as faculty 
salaries and financial aid, or supporting critical capital projects such 
as the Library and Fitness and Athletic Center to ensure that our 
students have quality facilities. 

34 • Spring/Summer 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

If Sweet Briar College pops up on your caller ID, it is probably a student with the Phonathon program. Each young woman is 
genuinely excited to have a conversation with you and is thinking of the questions she can ask while dialing the phone. 

Many callers are first-years and are learning about the history of the College through conversations with alumnae. They cannot 
wait to talk to an alumna with the same major they are considering. Upperclasswomen also enjoy speaking about tap clubs and 
traditions. All get excited when calling someone who is from their hometown or state. 

Three of the many fabulous Phonathon callers this year are Sarah Balderston '09, Madeline Davis TO, and Laura McKenna TO, 
and they would like to share with you what they have learned from alumnae and their experience with Phonathon. 



"I saw Phonathon as an opportunity to make 
a little money each week and become better 
acquainted with some of my peers. What 
I did not anticipate were the wonderful 
conversations I've had with alumnae. Part 
of my job description is to connect with 
alumnae and raise money for the Annual 
Fund. Fulfilling these goals is rewarding, but even more gratifying 
are the calls in which I connect with alumnae over their memories. 
It is exciting to speak to someone who lived in my dorm, shared 
my major, or even knew my mother, Ann 'Workado' Works 
Balderston '76. The fact that so many of these women are willing 
to take time out of their busy schedules any given weeknight to 
discuss our shared love of this remarkable institution is a true 
testimony to how amazing Sweet Briar truly continues to be. With 
each call I feel that I become more connected to the Sweet Briar of 
today and the Sweet Briar of the past." 



"I want to know what you liked about Sweet 
Briar and any funny stories. Many alumnae 
see this as a ploy to soften them up and 
get more money, but I really enjoy hearing 
about your experiences — memories about 
the Sweet Briar dairy providing the fresh 
milk, yogurt, and ice cream for Prothro, 
study abroad adventures, professors you had, 
or road trips with friends. I realize that, although women come to 
Sweet Briar for individual reasons, whether I speak to a graduate 
from the thirties or a current freshman, there are things we all love 
about Sweet Briar such as the beauty of the campus, the small 
classes, and the sense of community with faculty. 

"One alumna compared her SBC experience with attending a 
large university for her graduate work. She said if you enjoyed 
going to the DMV and being just a number, then a large college 
was perfect for you, but if you liked being an individual and getting 

the attention you deserved, then Sweet Briar is the place to go. I 
look at my role as a Phonathon caller as being the continuation of 
that personal feeling and of not being a number. Along with the 
other callers, I want to know about you and your experience at 
Sweet Briar. So please, answer your phone!" 



"I dial the phone for the 30th time this 
evening, and an SBC graduate from 1942 
answers. She is a little hard of hearing, but 
can still share her fun memories about the 
time she had to sneak out for the weekend to 
see her boyfriend at UVA. 

"You may ask yourself what a first-year 
has in common with a 1 942 graduate. After 40 minutes, we find we 
both adore pink and pearls and think that a women's college offers 
the finest education available to smart young women of today. We 
also share a love of Sweet Briar. 

"Turning in my tally sheet that evening, I reflect that some 
women have not been willing to talk, but others have shared their 
experiences from 50 years ago and wish they were still students 
here. It is enlightening to me that they are still so fond of their 
College memories and still come back to Sweet Briar to celebrate 
their reunions. 

"Walking back to my dorm, I am reassured that this is the place 
for me. Talking to graduates who say only positive things about 
the College makes me want every young woman to have the same 
experience that 1 do: to thrive in the classroom while still pla\ ing 
a sport and being a member of three clubs, and acting as officer 
for two of the three. The College is full of opportunities that the 
alumnae experienced, and now it is my time to do everything that 
the College has to offer. Talking on the phone with each alumna 
shows me my own potential." 

In the Phonathon room one constantly hears, "Oh, my gosh, me, 
too!'' ('/ "1 hope we can meet when \<>n i ome to campus ot when 
I inn home." Phonathon callers wont to share \oto experience 
oj sued Briar and how you share thev experience, so answei 
your phone when Sweet Briar pops upon the callei ID! 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 35 

Sandra Maddox 


Sandra Maddox AH '59 has worked 
in the Sweet Briar Alumnae Office 
for 46 years. She retired from the 
College on March 30 as assistant to 
the director. 

Over nearly five decades she has become 
the face of the office for alumnae returning to 
the College for Reunion or other events, said 
Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80, director of the 
Alumnae Association. 

"When they come here, Sandra's like 
home. She always has a smile, she always 
gives a warm welcome," Zingaro said. "That's 
something when you genuinely mean it, you 
can't fake. And it sets the tone for their visit." 

Maddox's welcome is real, and it's the 
times when alumnae are on campus that she 
says have stayed with her the most. 

"My memories are always when the ladies 
come back," Maddox said. "They always hug 
each other." 

She arrived at Sweet Briar in April of 
1961. and spent a short time in duplicating 
before becoming a full-time records secretary 
in the alumnae office. She was promoted to 
executive secretary and office manager, and 
then assistant to the director in 1995. 

In 1 994, in an effort spearheaded by 
Ann Young Bloom, the Class of 1959 asked 
Maddox if she would become an honorary 
member of their class. She accepted the 
offer, and the Alumnae Association voted and 
approved it. 

It is an extraordinary recognition. In Sweet 
Briar's history only two others — former 
president of the College, the late Anne Gary 
Pannell AH '10 and the late Mary Hughes 
Blackwell AH '28. former assistant in the 
alumnae office — have been made honorary 

Maddox's legacy in the alumnae office is 
such that Zingaro summed up the impact of 
her retirement in one word: "Huge." 

The impact will be compounded by Nancy 
Godwin Baldwin's retirement at the end of 
June. Baldwin '57 has edited the Alumnae 
Magazine since 1 986, but that's only her most 
recent role at SBC. She is the former director 
of admissions, an office she worked in from 
1958 to 1980. 

Maddox and Baldwin will leave behind a 
combined 96 years of service. "They know 
so many people personally," Zingaro said. 
"They know not only the alumnae, but also 
their families. So much of what we do is 
relationship building. People trust them. 
They're credible." 

Relationships between students, alumnae, 
co-workers and the larger Sweet Briar 
community were the reason Maddox, who 
has served with five College presidents, was 
content in her job for so long. 

"[It was] the friendship." she said. "I've 
had three bosses in my forty-six years, which 
I think is quite impressive. I enjoyed the work 
and the friendship of the alumnae. . .they all 
love the College. They come back and feel 
like they want to start all over again." 

Diane Dalton '67 has served on the 
Alumnae Board since 1995 and is a 
member of SBC's Board of Directors. She 
acknowledged how she and her classmates 
feel about Sweet Briar and suggested the 
reasons go beyond their experiences as 

"The fact that [Sandra] was made an 
honorary alumna — her devotion and caring 
for the College and the alumnae is truly a 
gift to the College," she said in a telephone 
interview. "The loyalty we alumnae feel has 
so much to do with the dedicated people who 
work for the College." 

Maddox has mixed feelings about leaving 
Sweet Briar, but has no doubts about how 
she'll spend her days. "I want to spend more 
time with family and do some traveling and 

She and Elbert, her husband of 48 years, 
have traveled to Europe and the Caribbean. 
These days they stay closer to home. "Beach 
areas." Maddox said. "I love beaches." 

Much of their motoring will be to attend 
their four grandchildren's sporting events, 
such as a recent gymnastics meet where 
the couple sat for four and a half hours on 
unforgiving bleachers. 

"One granddaughter likes to ride horses; I 
have a grandson that plays three sports; and 
my oldest granddaughter is into cheerleading. 
It's just, you know I can't do everything and 

Dear Sweet Briar Alumnae and Friends, 

Please accept my sincere appreciation to 
all of you for your gifts, cards, and phone 
calls in the celebrations of my retirement 
on March 30. It was my pleasure to work 
at SBCjor %years. Aside from my family, 
this position in the Alumnae Office was 
my life. Thanks to so many of you for your 
friendship. I plan to visit the campus often 
with the hope to see many of you. 

In appreciation and friendship, 

work, too," Maddox said, laughing. "That's 
my plan." 

Born and raised in Amherst County, 
Sandra and Elbert have been friends since 
she was 13. "We met at church socials 
and attended high school together and our 
relationship grew," she said. 

There was no revelatory moment, just the 
dawning of a lifelong love and friendship. 
"You don't marry just for love, you have to 
really enjoy each other," Maddox said. "We 
understand each other." 

They have two sons who attended the 
Campus School as youngsters. Randy 
graduated from Lynchburg College and Doug 
from Hampden-Sydney. The sons live nearby 
with their wives and children, where the 
grandparents enjoy seeing them often. 

Maddox was honored at a reception on 
March 30, which was attended by family, 
alumnae and friends from across the Sweet 
Briar community. 

36 • Spring/Summer 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Un/ HsisCJ^UxtA&^VTy 

Professor Emerita Elizabeth Fern Sprague, 1911-2007 

We are sad to share news of 
the death of Elizabeth Sprague 
at Westminster Canterbury, 
Lynchburg, VA, March 4 at the 
age of 95. She was a member 
of the Sweet Briar faculty as 
Assistant Professor ( 1 949- 
1960); Associate Professor 
(1960-1964); and Professor 
(1964-1977). Twice chair of the 
Department of Biology (1958- 
64; 1971-77), she was named 
the Dorys McConnell Duberg 
Professor of Ecology in 1975 and 
Professor Emerita in 1977. 

After graduating from San 
Diego High School, Elizabeth 
attended UCLA, obtaining her 
master's in biology in 1935. She 
taught biology at Hoover High 
School, San Diego, then moved 
to Fullerton, CA to teach at the 
junior college (now a branch of 
California State University) for 
two years. 

As World War II accelerated 
in 1941, she held a summer job 
at Convair, San Diego, where 
she was trained to read and 
file blueprints for search and 
rescue planes. As the war went 

on, Elizabeth was recruited by 
the YWCA to manage a USO 
Center in Abilene. Texas. After 
the war, she received a faculty 
appointment at Samson College, 
New York where she taught for 
three years. In 1949, she came 
to Sweet Briar College to teach 
biology and botany until her 
1977 retirement. In 1960 she 
completed her Ph.D. in biology 
from Claremont College. 

Nature and travel were 
passions of hers. Throughout 
her professional career and in 
retirement, she made sojourns 
across the United States, Europe. 
Australia, and Africa to study the 
flora and fauna of the world. 

She is survived by loving 
nieces and nephews: Doris Avery 
and Pamela Carrell, San Diego; 
Bob Sprague and John Sprague, 
AR; Kristin Ogley, Sacramento: 
Kate Boase, Granite Bay, CA. 

A memorial service was held 
at the Westminster Canterbury 
Chapel in March and a service of 
remembrance in the Sweet Briar 
Chapel during Reunion 2007. 

Where would any of us be without giants? 

Capturing Elizabeth Sprague is a toll order. Is she the woman 
I first met more than 50 years ago? She was a commanding 
figure — tall, upright, roaring through the doors in Academic 
in long strides, red hair ruffled by the wind, level eyes that saw into 
crevices no one else penetrated, tough demeanor covering a caring 
and kind soul. And the voice, precise in words, low in timber. When 
Miss Sprague talked, we all listened. 

Or was she the funny woman and personal friend I was 
privileged to know and enjoy as the years rolled by and our contact 
continued? She was both, of course. I am unsure whether I fully 
recovered from the strength of the assistant prof's aura that guided 
me through a difficult year of freshman botany in 1953. She guided 
and she taught. My thumb is bright green even now because of 
Elizabeth Sprague. I can still talk knowledgeobly about slime mold, a 
half dozen varieties of algae and why rose thorns aren't thorns. Her 
practicums were killers. Miss Sprague charged across campus at a 
dead run, as we panted behind her scribbling names of trees, shrubs 
and bushes as she pointed them out. Once in a panic I failed to 
identify a boxwood. 

The Sprague, as Mary Anne Wilson and I knighted her, taught 
me more than any other academic at Sweet Briar other than 
Lysbeth Muncy. The Sprague did not want her students to learn, she 
insisted we learn, she demanded we learn. But mere learning was 
insufficient. She commanded that we think, that delicious sine qua 
non of a liberal arts education. I refuse to believe that Miss Sprague 
ever bent that commandment in the years she continued to teach. 

Elizabeth Sprague loved the good green things of this earth. On 
the good green things she lavished her love, her time and her energy. 
That was apparent to us even as students. I am certain her life was 
not particularly easy. She suffered neither fools nor defeat lightly. 
Disappointments were held in check, complaints were rare.- She wos 
mostly philosophical that she had to revise much of her doctoral 
dissertation, as nearing completion, the subject of that Ph.D. — puddle 
plants — dried up. She was always amazed that some of her old girls 
recalled that crisis. Miss Sprague laughed when we shook our heads. 

Miss Sprague was reluctant to abandon her little house in Amherst 
for shared living in Lynchburg. She put the best face on her loss of 
daily contact with the gifts and glories of nature. What a splendid, 
resilient, sharing and dedicated person she was. 

When I established a charitable remainder trust in favor of 
Sweet Briar and the girls of tomorrow, my relationship with Elizabeth 
Sprague was a major motivator for its creation. One third of that trust 
is dedicated to Elizabeth Sprague and the preservation of Sweet 
Briar's environmental heritage. It was my good fortune to have an 
opportunity to say thank you to a woman who continues to inspire me 
as my own shadows lengthen, and to root for the good green things 
of this earth. 

Elizabeth Sprague was the last of the giants who inhabited my 
world at Sweet Briar. Where would any of us be without giants? 

— Carol McMurtrv Fowler '57 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 37 


Professor Leonora Albigese 
Wikswo, 1916-2007 * 

Word has come from her family 
of the death of Mrs. Leonora 
Wikswo, age 90. She passed 
away March 3 in Visalia, CA, 
following a brief illness. 

Leonora taught math and 
astronomy at Sweet Briar from 
1956 to 1970. She was Instructor 
in Math (1956-59), Assistant 
Professor (1959-67), Associate 
Professor (1967-70), and chaired 
the Department of Mathematics 
for many years during her 
tenure as a professor until her 

Preceded in death by her 
husband, John Wikswo, a noted 
research chemist, she is survived 
by three daughters who are 
Sweet Briar alumnae: Leonora 
Pescosolido '63, Exeter, CA; 
Dr. Muriel Lambert '66, 
Montclair, NJ; Antoinette 
Best '68 Visalia, CA; one 
son, Dr. John P. Wikswo, Jr., 
UVA '70, Nashville, TN; ten 
grandchildren and three great- 

Born in 1916 in Brooklyn, 
NY, Leonora graduated from 

Professor Langley Wood, 1924-2007 

Professor Leonora Wikswo 

Montclair State University, NJ 
with a B.A. and from Columbia 
University with a master's 
degree, both in mathematics. 
She first joined the mathematics 
faculty of Lynchburg College, 
VA, then came to Sweet Briar. 

She is remembered by 
generations of Sweet Briar 
students for her understanding 
of mathematical and scientific 
concepts. She also had an acute 
sensitivity to poetry, and was 
an internationally recognized 
mathematician, a naturalist, 
world traveler, and accomplished 

Leonora Wikswo: truly a beloved teacher 

As a student at SBC, I know that she was truly a beloved 
teacher and I remember the number of times I would walk 
by her office and see a string of students outside her door 
waiting to speak to her. She had a depth of understanding of 
students' problems that was amazing. As a teacher, she encouraged 
original thinking and if a student didn't understand a math problem 
when it was explained one way, she would try explaining it another 
way until the student understood it. 

I myself am now a Professor in the Pathology Department of 
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, and I have used her as a role 
model in my method of teaching and in interacting with students. 
I think of her quite often when I have a line of students outside my 
office, both those I teach in class and those working as graduate 
students in my laboratory, and hope that I am providing them with 
the same degree of support that she gave her students. 

— Dr. Muriel Lambert '66 

38 • Spring/Summer 2007 

We are saddened to learn of the death of Professor Robertson Harris 
Langley Wood, age 82, January 29 at Westport Health Care Center, 
Richmond, VA. 

From 1972-76, Langley was Sweet Briar's Coordinator of 
Environmental Studies. From 1974-75 he also was Director of 
Publications and Assistant to the Director of Development, and 
in 1975, lectured in photography, then returned to the Biology 
Department as Professor of Environmental Studies from 1 976 until 
retiring in 1982. 

Bom in Lynchburg, VA, he held a B.S. from the College of 
William and Mary and earned a Ph.D. in marine biology from Cornell 
University. Prior to coming to Sweet Briar, he headed the Physiology 
Department for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and was a 
research scientist for Woods Hole Institute. He also served as chairman 
of the Zoology Department at the University of New Hampshire. 

A Navy World War II veteran, he was awarded the Purple Heart. 
In retirement, he wrote two novels; his second. Bacon s Last Year, 
a seafaring WWII story based on his experiences aboard the U.S.S. 
Belknap, was published. 

He is survived by five children: Pamela Wood Irving. Belle 
Meade, NJ; Patricia Wood Wingfield, Richmond, VA; Michael 
Langley Wood, Hampton, NJ; Duncan Langley Wood, Chesapeake, 
VA; and Robert Harris Wood, Orlando. FL: seven grandchildren and 
two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held February 10 at 
Spring Hill Cemetery, Lynchburg. 

Professor Langley Wood 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


Victor Henningsen, Jr. 

Sweet Briar College has lost 
a devoted friend. Mr. Victor 
Henningsen, Jr. of Pelham 
Manor, New York, passed away 
March 26 at age 83. He was 
the husband of Mary Florence 
('"Mayde") Bemis Ludington. 
SBC '48, and the father of Mary- 
Francis Henningsen Collins'75. 
Granddaughter Caroline Collins 
is a current student in the Class 
of 20 10. 

Mr. Henningsen served on the 
College's Boards of Directors 
and Overseers for ten years 
(1974-1984), was chairman 
from 1980-1984, and recently 
rejoined as an Emeriti Trustee 
in November 2003. During his 
service on Sweet Briar's Board, 
he was an important voice and 
wise counselor on numerous 
committees including the 
Development. Student Affairs, 
Future Directions, Nominating, 
and Executive Committees. 
He also was a member of the 
Parents' Committee and honorary 
member of the College's 
Centennial Commission. 
The Henningsens are life 
members of the President's 
Circle and members of the 
Silver Rose Society. His many 
contributions to the College 
include philanthropic support of 
the Friends of Library, Friends 
of Art. and the Sweet Briar art 
collection through donations 
of numerous gifts of art to the 
College which have graced its 
walls with many beautiful works. 

Director of the College's Arts 
Management Program Rebecca 
Massie Lane pays tribute to Mr. 
Henningsen: "He was a generous 
supporter of the arts at Sweet 
Briar College, giving a number 
of American paintings from his 
father's collection to the Pannell 

Art Gallery during the campaign 
of the 1980s. He also supported 
art conservation projects in the 
art collection, as well as being a 
lifelong contributor to the 
Friends of Art. He was keenly 
interested in Japanese woodblock 
prints and in American 
impressionists. His friends in the 
arts will miss his enduring and 
faithful support, and I will miss 
the informational arts clippings 
and correspondence he regularly 
sent to me." 

Mr. Henningsen, an unfailing 
supporter and promoter of higher 
education, attended the Phillips 
Academy, the United States 
Merchant Marine Academy, and 
graduated from Yale University in 
1950 with a B.A. in economics. 
During World War II he served 
in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, 
and Indian Ocean war zones as 
midshipman, third, and second 
mate in the merchant navy, 
finishing as Lt. (JG) USNR. 
He was also an international 
leader in the poultry and egg 
industry, and spent his entire 
professional career with his 
family firm. Henningsen Foods, 
Inc.. founded by his grandfather 
in 1889. Starting as an office boy 
and plant worker, he retired as 
President and CEO in 1993 and 
served as Chairman Emeritus 
until his death. 

During his career he received 
numerous industry honors 
and awards. He was an active 
volunteer for Andover, the 
USMMA. Yale, and Sweet Briar. 
A past president and longtime 
trustee of the Chapel of St. 
Thomas More at Yale University, 
he was also past president of the 
Yale Club of New York City and 
of the American Friends of the 
Bermuda Maritime Museum. 
He devoted much of his time 
and energy to his native town, 
particularly the Village of Pelham 

Manor, serving over the years as 
chair of the Pelham Community- 
Chest: member of the Village 
Planning Board; trustee and 
mayor of the Village of Pelham 
Manor; co-chair of the Friends 
of the Pelham Town Library; 
and chairman of the Board of 
the Sound Shore Medical Center. 
At the time of his death he was 
still active in efforts to bridge 
political divisions and bring 
good people together in service 
to the community he loved. His 
interests included ships, sailing, 
and sports cars, especially- 
vintage MGs. 

He is survived by Mayde, his 
wife of 58 years, his children 
and their spouses: Vic and Susan. 
Andover, MA; Kit and Caroline, 
Stony Creek, CT; Mary and 
Chris. Pelham Manor: and Tim 
and Anne, Wexford, PA; and 
eight grandchildren. 

A Memorial Mass was 
held March 3 1 at Our Lady 
of Perpetual Help. Pelham 
Manor, NY. 

Victor Henningsen, Jr. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 39 


Margaret Cornwe// Schmidt '37 

Margaret (ornwell Schmidt '37, 

Margaret Schmidt, longtime 
educator and volunteer, died at 
age 90, March 9, 2007 at Pare 
Provence in Creve Coeur, MO of 
complications from Alzheimer's 
disease and cancer. 

Born in St. Louis, she 
attended Washington University 
and graduated from Sweet Briar 
in 1937, then joined the faculty of 
the John Burroughs School (her 
alma mater) in St. Louis, where 
she taught physical education. 
She was an accomplished field 
hockey player, competing 
internationally for three years 
with the U.S. national team. 

In 1942, Margaret married 
William Clark Schmidt, a lawyer, 
who served in the Army Air 
Forces in World War II and was 
killed in a plane crash in India 
in 1944. 

Margaret returned to Sweet 
Briar, serving as executive 
director of the Alumnae 

Association from 1950-1955. 
She later returned to Burroughs, 
where she worked for 24 
years as a test administrator, 
adviser, reading teacher, college 
counselor, director of admissions 
and principal of the senior school. 
She also earned a master's degree 
in education from Washington 

Margaret received the John 
Burroughs Outstanding Alumnus 
Award in 1976. She served on the 
Sweet Briar Board, the Advisory 
Council of the Washington 
University Association and the 
John Burroughs Board. She was 
an elder, Sunday school teacher 
and president of the Women's 
Association at Ladue Chapel 
Presbyterian Church, Clayton, 
MO. She volunteered at a 
neighborhood health center and 
tutored for the "I Have a Dream" 

A memorial service was 
held April 12 at Ladue Chapel 
Presbyterian Church. Margaret 
had donated her body to the 
Washington University School 
of Medicine and her brain to the 
Memory and Aging Project, of 
which she had been a longtime 

Margaret's sister, Helen 
Cormvell Jones '40, predeceased 
her. She is survived by her 
daughter, Ruth Schmidt Igoe '66, 
Doylestown, PA; a sister, Virginia 
Johnstone. St. Louis; a brother. 
Alexander M.Cornwell, Boca 
Grande, FL; three grandchildren; 
and four great-grandchildren. 

John Wesley Shrader, Jr. 

John Wesley Shrader, Jr., 1925-2007 

It is with heartfelt sadness that we report the death of Mr. John 
Wesley Shrader. Jr. of Amherst, the husband of Phyllis and father of 
J. Thompson (Tom) Shrader and his wife, Deborah (Debbie) Snead 
Shrader '78. He also loved Scott and Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80 as 
his own children. He died Sunday. April 8, 2007. 

John Wesley worked at Sweet Briar for nearly 20 years, beginning 
in 1972 as Superintendent of Custodial Services and then Set-up 
Coordinator until his retirement in 1991. He also served his country 
in the Navy during World War n, was a member of Clinton Masonic 
Lodge and Amherst Fire Department, and was a lifelong member of 
Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst. 

Former colleague and friend, James Meade, commented that: "We 
worked together like hand in glove. He was a real fine person to work 
with and very understanding. He was nice to everyone he came in 
contact with, and I enjoyed going on town trips with him and working 
on set-ups. " As a testament to his gentle nature and enjoyment of life, 
he looked forward each day to time with his pets Buddy and Nick. 

The family invited friends and family to celebrate John Wesley's 
life with them at Whitten Monelison Chapel on April 1 1 . 

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Catherine Wright 
Mrs. James E. Hill 
January 7, 2007 


Ruth Ulland 

Mrs. Samuel P. Todd 

March 8, 2007 


Lucy Orgill 

Mrs. Sidney W. Genette 

September 24, 1999 


Elizabeth Bryan 
Mrs. John S. Bond, Jr. 
April 29, 2007 

Anna Winfred Smith 

Mrs. Winfred S. McConnell 

January 28, 2005 

Gladys Wester 

Mrs. Leonard M. Horton 

May 4, 2007 


Jean Countryman 
Mrs. Will B. Presba 
July 24, 2006 


Alice Dabney 

Mrs. John C. Parker, Jr. 

April 21, 2007 

Anna Gilbert 

Mrs. Hugh W. Davy 

February 1 , 2007 


Betty Green 

Mrs. Sidney R. Nathan 

April 9, 2007 

Mary-Paulding Murdoch 

Mrs. Hugh McDonald 


January 5, 2007 


Mary McCandlish 

Mrs. S. William Livingston 

March 23, 2007 

Jane Morrison 

Ms. Jane M. Moore 

March 20, 2007 


Beverley Hill 
Mrs. John P. Furniss 
December 2 1 , 2006 

Rebekah Huber 

Miss Rebekah L. Huber 

January 25, 2007 

Charlotte Olmsted 
Mrs. Maurice Kursh 
December 27, 2006 

Laurose Schulze-Berge 
Mrs. Laurose MacFadyen 
March 9, 2007 


Annette Harley 
Mrs. Joseph Chappell 
November 28, 2006 

Katharine Niles 
Mrs. Franklin P. Parker 
May 4, 2007 

Margaret Smith 

Mrs. John R. Thomasson 

May 6, 2007 

Lillian Steele 

Mrs. Lawrence T. Cook 

March 20, 2007 

Lois Wolfe 

Mrs. Hugh M. Shwab, Jr. 

January 4, 2002 


Letitia Belknap 

Mrs. Haig Carapetyan 

April 6, 1 999 

Margaret Cornwell 
Mrs. W. Clark Schmidt 
March 9, 2007 

Mary Katherine Shaffer 
Mrs. Frank A. Hardy 
January, 1998 

Elinor Ward 

Mrs. Elinor W. Francis 
March 24, 2007 

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Marion Brown 
Mrs. Marion Snider 
March 22, 2007 


Gene Green 

Mrs. Charles Morgan 

July 16, 2006 


Elizabeth Butler 

Mrs. Jonathan W. Warner 

February 14, 2007 

Katherine Estes 

Mrs. Gilbert E. Johnston 

January 1 2, 2007 

Mary Elda Stein 
Mrs. Richard C. Kautz 
January 4, 2007 

Jean White 

Mrs. Edward L. Bax 

March 27, 2007 


Elizabeth Lancaster 
Mrs. William Washburn 
April 6, 2007 

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Virginia McGuire 
Mrs. Andrew J. Brent 
February 27, 2007 


Byrd Smith 
Mrs. Byrd Hunter 
January 30, 2007 


Dorothy Devore 
Mrs. Harry T. Piatt, Jr. 
January 7, 2007 


Dorothy Arnold 
Mrs. Robert J. Waite 
April 1 1 , 2007 

Elene Essary 
Mrs. John W. Gill 
January 4, 2007 


Ann Briggs 

Miss Ann E. Briggs 

January 1 8, 2007 

Virginia Walker 

Mrs. Virginia Walker 


March 28, 2007 


Catharine Doolin 

Mrs. Robert R. Dickey III 

March 15, 2007 

Ann Porter 

Mrs. Edward W. Mullen 

February 2, 2007 


Fredda Duncombe 
Mrs. Grant A. Millard 
March 1 2, 2007 

Emilie Thornton 
Mrs. Earl M. Forte Jr. 
December 3 1 , 2006 

Sue Taylor 
Mrs. Robert F. Lilley 
March 13, 2007 


Robin Francis 
Miss Robin R. Francis 
March 1 3, 2004 

Joan Potter 

Mrs. Henry D. Bickel 

January 23, 2007 

Susan Valier 

Mrs. Samuel R. Mulligan 

July 3, 2005 


Chase Lane 

Mrs. Eugene Bruns 

December 28, 2006 


Betty Folmar 
Mrs. H. T. Hunt, Jr. 
September 23, 2005 

Natalie Wittich 
Mrs. J. Paul Morrow 
February 8, 2007 


Anne Robinson 

Miss Anne A. Robinson 

March 30, 2007 


Mary Carmichael 
Mrs. Preston Bass 
March 16, 2007 


Ann "Penny" Pendleton 


AAs. Pendleton Bowen 

February 24, 2007 


Kathryn Bingham 
AAs. Kathryn Bingham 
April 9, 2007 


Tamara Wright 
Mrs. George Shaw 
February 25, 2000 


Laura Jahnke 

AAs. Laura Ann Jahnke 

February 19, 2007 

If you wish to write to a 
member oj the fainty of 
someone recently deceased, 
please contact the Alumnae 
Office for name and address. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 41 

Marshall Acuff 


Catherine Allgor 
University of California 
at Riverside 
"A Perfect Union: 
Dolley Madison and the 
Creation of the American 

Cynthia Kierner 
University of North 
Carolina at Charlotte 
"Martha Jefferson 
Randolph: Virginian" 


Elizabeth Varon 
Temple University 
"Gendered Strife and 
Disunion: A New Look at 
the Origins of the Civil 
War" ' 


Every 50 years since the early 1 800s, there has been a celebration of the founding of 
Jamestown. The 400th anniversary of the founding has been celebrated over 2006-07 
with the main event in May, 2007. This commemoration highlights the legacies of 
Jamestown: free enterprise, representative government, rule of law, and diversity. These all 
began in the New World with the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in 
North America. 

Marshall Acuff, Sweet Briar parent (Amanda '97) and former member of Sweet Briar's Board 
of Directors, is president of the 501 (c) (3) arm of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. The 
Foundation is a state agency responsible for the living museum, Jamestown Settlement. The mission 
of the Settlement is education and interpretation of life in the early 1 7th century in the colony of 
Virginia. Physical facilities include a new 60,000-square-foot museum as well as reproductions of 
the original three ships and a reconstruction of the original village of Jamestown. 

ABOVE: Five alumnae gathered for the wedding of 
Leslie Farinas to Robert Lopez on September 16, 2006. 

L-r: Maleka Newsome '98, Leigh Wilson '97, bride 
Leslie Farinas '98, groom Robert Lopez, Christina 
Stanton '97, and Blakeslee Potter '98. 

RIGHT: Seven alumnae gathered for the August 2006 
wedding of Polly Taggard Taylor's son Peter Taylor and 
Anne Galbreath '90 on Orr's Island, ME. 

L-r: Jaimie Del Monte Galbreath '92; Sandy La Staiti 
Sylvia '59; Jini Jones Vail '59; Anne Galbreath 
Taylor '90; Polly Taggard Taylor '59; Erna Arnold 
Westwig '59; Rachel Renzy Meima '90 

Editor's Mea Culpa: Please note corrections in names 
and class yean. Apologies to alljorerron appearing in the 
Winter 2007 issue! 

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Katharine Niles Parker 
c/o Anne Parker Schmalz '62 
92 Beacon Street #21 
Boston, MA 021 08 

At home. Elizabeth "Pinkie" Scott 

does a fitness program 3 times a week 
and still drives, but uses a cane to walk. 
She talks to Logan Phinizy Johns, 
hears of her through her daughter, whom 
she sees from time to time. Logan visits 
her cottage by the river in fine weather. 
I'm doing a mailing with a return card 
to everyone on the list, hoping for more 
news of your class in next issue. My 
mother can't do the mailing, but she 
enjoys the cards and letters! 

to send her questionnaire. She's happy, 
busy, and well in AZ. Carolyn Monteith 
Clarke sends news from Houston. It's 
sad to learn that Patty Rose Early 
Trippet had a stroke several years ago, 
but still enjoys card games. Husband 
Harry is very frail. Carolyn runs into 
Marion Robbins Alexander often. 
Daphne Withington Adams has 
moved to Ft. Worth, TX near her daughter. 
She's happily settled in a retirement 
community. Eloise English Davies s 
eyesight isn't what it used to be, but 
she'd like to make the trip. I know it's 
not feasible for many of you to be with 
us, but we'll think of you, miss you, and 
promise to say only sweet, nice things 
about you! Meantime, get on the phone 
and encourage friends to come or at least 
send news. Love to all. 


Send your news to the Class Secretary listed with your class. If your class 
has no class secretary listed, please send news to the Alumnae Office, 
Sweet Briar, VA 24595 (E-mail: . Classmates want to hear 
from you! 

Secretaries may submit notes for every issue of the magazine. Please see 
that your Class Secretary receives your news before the deadlines below: 



Fall '07 

July 1 , 2007 

Winter '08 

Nov. 1 , 2007 

Class Secretaries are volunteers elected by their class and are responsible 
for the accuracy of the class notes. 

Make sure the Alumnae Office has your correct e-mail address! 
Please send e-mail addresses to: 



Mrs. George M. Brooke, Jr. 
Frances Fleming Bailey 
405 Jackson Avenue 
Lexington, VA 24450-1905 


16-18, 3,008 


Ann Morrison Reams 
771 Bon Air Circle 
Lynchburg, VA. 24503 

I'm excited for our Big 65th Reunion, 
May 18-20 at SBC! We'll have a 
representative group though many 
haven't yet made a commitment. 
Betsy Gilmer Tremain and Mike Ann 
Hauslein Potterfield and Tom, and 
Betty Blackmer Childs and Mackall 
will be there. Also Sudie Clark Hanger 
and Bill hope to make it. A Christmas 
card from Edith (Edie) Brainerd Walter 
told that George died in fall. We send 
sympathy to her and others who suffer a 
loss. She'd like to come if she can Dana 
Greene Helfrish lives in a retirement 
community near Salisbury. MD. Even 
though she is in a wheel chair, she'd 
like to come if her daughter can bring 
her Bobbie Engh Croft and Crosswell 
moved to a smaller duplex in a retirement 
community in the same neighborhood 
in IL, but still winter months in Tucson. 
I hope they come. I'm working on our 
Richmond friends to make the trip. 
Barbara Ripley Furniss was the first 

Mrs. Pierpont B. Buck 
Alice Lancaster 
Covenant Hill Farm 
9357 Covenant Hill Lane 
Marshall, VA 20115-9701 
pbbuckl © 


Mrs. Mary H. King 
501 Kimberly Drive 
Greensboro, NC 27408-5021 


Mary "Polly" Vandeventer 


955 Harpersville Rd 

Newport News, VA 23601-1085 


Linda McKoy Stewart 
18 0sprey Lane 
Rumson, NJ 07760 

From Norfolk, VA Jean Old reports, 
"I've had the best life anyone could 
wish for." Who could top that! Her news 
is a lifetime of happy skiing, a camel 
ride across the Jordanian desert, a trek 
through Indonesia, and a productive, 
successful career as stock broker with 

Wachovia. Jean will attend our 60th 
Reunion. Kay Weisiger Osborne in 
Salisbury, NC continues her column in 
Salisbury Post, a reliable source of wit 
and wisdom for faithful readers. Does 
Kay have the youngest grandchildren, 
not greats, with twin grandsons Evan and 
Will Osborne (1)? Any challengers? Class 
President Virginia "Ginger" Barron 
Summer writes from Sautee@aol. 
com, Nacoochee GA, of looking back at 
fulfilling 2 cherished ambitions: learning 
to fly and becoming a SCUBA diver; no 
small accomplishments! Twice a year 
Ginger performs with a local chorale, 
each concert Sold Out. She and husband 
Lloyd have one daughter, 2 sons, 5 
grandchildren, and 2 greats. Evie White 
Spearman is still literary luminary of 
Huntsville, attracting prominent writers 
to her hometown for readings and book 
signings. In addition to teaching adult 
bible classes at the Episcopal Church, 
Evie is into local archaeology: "no 
digging, just research." Evie is Class 
Chief Luddite, refusing to acknowledge 
e-mail is here to stay. To speak with Evie, 
pick up the phone or write a letter! Ann 
Colston Leonard celebrated her Big 8-0 
with a grand family gathering. Here they 
are, all 22! Aimee Des Plaind McGirt 
writes from Southern Pines NC, all is 
well. She enjoys retirement from teaching 
foreign languages. Sara Ann McMullen 
Lindsay in Alexandria, VA is licensed by 
the Episcopal Bishop of Virginia to preach 
in the Diocese of VA. She's active in the 
Garden Club of VA. Katherine Street 
Sharp. Nashville, is active with the Thrift 
Shop of St. Luke's Community House. The 
Thrift Shop, which she helped start in '80, 

is one of her many projects although she 
closed the tile business that she founded 
and ran for more than 2 decades. Mary 
Lib Vick Thornhill Austin, TX, enjoyed 
a gala 80th birthday party surrounded 
by husband Scoop, 3 children, and 7 
grandchildren. From happy photos, it's 
clear that Mary Lib is as pretty as ever. 
She's active in several art societies. 
The capital of TX is more beautiful 
than it might otherwise be thanks to 
Mary Lib's hands-on participation in a 
beautification program. Sara "Ceci" 
Cecil Herr Perry, in Lexington, KY still 
recalls with pleasure picking apples. It 
was war time and with all able-bodied 
men in the service, picking apples 
was not a sport, but an essential. Ceci 
identifies herself as a "retired farmer" 
which sounds pretty good! Jane Arthur 
Etheridge Hamlin moved to a retirement 
community in Greenville, OE, would love 
to hear from classmates. Not the least 
of her achievements is her work as a 
guide at the Winterthur Museum and 
silversmithing at the DE Museum of Art. 
Marna Bromberg Williams, retired 
clinical psychologist, was only 46 when 
her first husband died, leaving her with 
4 children. She's happily remarried, 
enjoys life in the company of husband 
Dan Jones. They travel abroad whenever 
they can. The Jones reside in Winter 
Park, FL. Nan Hart Stone, retired from 
an illustrious teaching career, lives with 
husband William W. in the Holy City, a.k.a. 
Richmond, VA, and plans to attend our 
60th Reunion. Joann Miller Anderson 
and husband William are fortunate to 
have all 3 adult children living near 
them in Greensboro, NC. Joann grows 

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camellias; she and husband enjoy retired 
life Peggy Robertson Christian and 

husband Punky will move to Richmond's 
Westminister-Canterbury, and are the 
first to change their address on your 
Christmas card list: 14 Souder Court, 
Richmond, VA 23227. Helen Hardy 
Browning, Louisville, KY is still active in 
journalism, having been editor of 3 major 
newspapers. She continues as a tutor in 
Adult Education and functions as a Board 
Member of her local Episcopal Church. 
No bluegrass under Helen's feet! 

Anne Lile Bowden still married to 
"my same old guy" after 57 years. A class 
record? Anne has 5 perfect grandchildren 
including one super special, who was 
adopted in China as an infant. Anne 
keeps in touch with Ann Colston 
Leonard in N. Chevy Chase, MD and 
Becky Knapp Herbert in Dayton, OH. 
Carol Blanton McCord moved happily 
into a retirement community where 
she's involved in environmental issues. 
She keeps in touch with a slew of 
classmates. As for me, I'm still here in 
the swamps of NJ, doing my newspaper 
travel column, LET'S GO! It's a very 
modest undertaking, but this past year 
it took me to (among others) Malaysia, 
France, and Chile; certainly beats 
vacuuming under the beds. My fervent 
thanks to all of you who responded to my 
plea for class news. 


Catherine Barnett Brown 
4 Pippins Way 
Convent Station, NJ, 07961 

I've gleaned interesting news from 
Christmas cards, emails, and post cards 
from the Winter SBC Alumnae Magazine. 
Please use these cards, even though you 
have to address them and add a postage 

Mary Frances Brown Ballard who, 
in addition to class treasurer chores, 
is also a great news gatherer, reports 
her knee is well. Physical therapy is 
"mandatory forever." Walter and I agree, 
and we continue thrice-weekly sessions 
with a trainer, both here and up north 
when we change locations in May. Sad 
to report, Mary Fran's mother, Marie, a 
generous contributor to our class gift to 
the Coll., the Wings Courtyard, died this 
winter, age of 1 05. Mary Fran and Don 
later had a cheerful trip to TX, visiting 
family members and attending Celinda 
and Ross's wedding. 

Katie Cox Reynolds and Phil who 
used to brag about their 45-year longevity 
in their Hartford, CT, home moved to a 
low-maintenance, smaller residence, as 
many of us are doing. I've misplaced their 
new address, will add it later if found. 

Ann Henderson Bannard and Yorke 

had a visit last winter with Betsy Brown 
Bayer. They saw the Boyce Thompson 
Arboretum in Superior, AZ, where Ann's 
sculpture is featured on a stone wall of 
the visitor center. Walter Brown served 
on the board there and the dedication of 
Ann's work was a real SBC event some 
years ago. The Bannards had a nice 
auto trip toward the northeast, stopping 
to have lunch with Preston Hadges 
Hill and Gene, and visiting other friends 
and family. The Hills earlier had a family 
gathering to celebrate Gene's 80th 
birthday. They divide their time between 
Denver and Aspen when not visiting 

Larry Lawrence Simmons and 
Charles were thrilled by success of her 
daughter Susie's play Strings which ran 
"off Broadway" in NYC, winter '06. It 
got good reviews, including a rave from 
noted critic John Simon who called it "the 
most absorbing play in NY today!" The 
apple doesn't fall far from the tree: Larry 
composed another delightful Christmas 
poem as her annual greeting. 

The group of '49ers living at 
Westminster-Canterbury, Richmond will 
have a new member: Kitty Hart Belew 
is selling her house and moving there 
to join Libby Trueheart Harris, Mag 
Towers Talman and Caroline Casey 
Lindemann. Libby sounds wonderful 
and still visits Irvington frequently. Mag 
sounds happy, too. 

Caroline Casey Lindemann 
has traveled a lot since moving to 
Westminster-Canterbury. She and 
children enjoyed an annual holiday in 
Barbados. She took a 1 0-day trip to 
England with the Library of VA. The 
tour included private visits to the great 
libraries including the Bodleian and the 
Queen's library at Windsor. Caroline says 
UVA was to host a reception honoring her 
gift of a miniature book collection (now 
over 12,000 titles!), given in memory 
of first husband C. Coleman McGehee, 
a UVA '47 graduate. The collection will 
be known as the MeGehee Lindemann 
Miniature Book Collection and will be 
housed in the new Albert and Shirley 
Small Special Collection Library, a fitting 
place for miniature books! 

Mag sent me a news clipping about the 
Richmond marriage of Vidmer Megginson 
Downing's grandson Guy Coleman 
Oswalt to a lovely bride, a graduate of St. 
Catherine's and Hollins.The newly-weds 
live in Charleston, SC where Guy studyies 
law. Vidmer came up from her Daphne, AL 
home to attend the wedding. 

I talk often to Mary Louis Stevens 
Webb, now living at Bishop Gadsden 
Retirement community, along with 
Goodie Geer DiRaddo and other Sweet 
Briarites. Walter and I hope to visit there 
on our trip north in May. Alice and Patsy 
seem to be in fine fettle, both busy and 
active. We had a brief visit from them 

winter '07; Patsy also sees young Sandy 
and wife on the other side of FL. 

Walter and I contend with a few 
health issues, but lead active social lives 
along with our physical therapy. We hope 
to drive home this year, stopping in Hilton 
Head, Charleston, and Richmond, maybe 
SBC too if we can manage. 

Now for sad news: Fritzie Duncomb 
Millard wrote to Mary Fran and others at 
Christmas time (2006) and noted that she 
had a 53-year-old daughter and an 1 8- 
year-old granddaughter, both freshmen 
in college this year! Then came word that 
she had died unexpectedly at her CA 
home on 3/1 2. We send deep sympathy 
to Fritzie's family. I have an address for 
her son: Brooke Millard 653 S Emerson 
St. Denver, CO 80209 if anyone wants 
to write. We'll miss our long-time class 
president, friend, and song leader. 

Emilie Thornton Forte died on 
1 2/31 /06 at home in Devon, PA after 
a struggle with pancreatic cancer. 
Ill never forget her wonderful piano 
playing and singing of "The St. James 
Infirmary Blues" and other great blues 
numbers. She shared her musical talents 
throughout her life with her church, 
family and friends with whom we share 

Our sympathies go also to Ann 
Eustis Weimer whose husband John 
died on 3/1 5/07; interment was at 
Arlington National Cemetery in 4/07. 


Patricia Halloran Salvadori 
9 North Stratford Road 
Arlington Heights, IL 60004 

1 had a glowing note from Elsie 
Landram Layton. She attended SBC's 
Homecoming fall '06 and for 5 days 
visited faculty, classes, students and staff. 
She was impressed with "a very happy, 
thriving campus." Jean Yanick Snyder 
sent news covering her last 50 years! She 
has 7 children, 13 grandchildren, and 

2 great-grandchildren. She's a private 
tutor in her home for high I.Q. ADHD 
and LD students. Formerly she traveled 
4 continents yearly for 4 to 6 weeks. 
Now her large family keeps her busy. 
Henrietta Hill Hubbard and Charles are 
great-grandparents to a "beautiful little 
girl." They're well, although Hennie is 
part-time driver as Charles has macular 
degeneration. One grandson clerks for 
an AL Supreme Court justice, will join a 
law firm in Montgomery in Jun. Susan 
Tucker Yankee and Dick moved into the 
Alexian Village Retirement Community 
after waiting 1 1 1 /2 years. It's everything 
they asked for. Dick had heart by-pass 
surgery 11/06 with serious complications, 
all is well now. 

Retirement homes are the vogue. 
Nancy Storey White is in the care unit 
in Sarasota, FL. She writes, "Although 
not running marathons I still get around 
with limited assistance." Betty Margraf 
Waring and Jim are at Westminster- 
Canterbury, Richmond, VA, with many 
SBC Alumnae. "It's fun and is called a 
cruise ship at anchor." Nell Greening 
Keen moved into one in Tampa, FL. Joan 
Teetor Marder wrote that she has a 
heart stint, but "looks forward to getting 
back on the tennis courts." Mary Moore 
Lynn reports "Sir Arthur Itis" has attacked 
both hands; she's totally dependent on 
her "trusty old computer." She still works 
part-time in her brother's office; she and 
husband Jim are "hanging in there." Kay 
LeRoy is in rehab with a new knee. She 
has plenty of family and friends visit in 
FL to take care of her. Jean Probeck 
Wiant had a knee replaced. She was 
fortunate to drive 6 weeks after and 
looks forward to having the other one 
replaced! She continues her fund raising 
for missions and music organizations. Her 
grandchildren are growing quickly. One is 
at Barnard and another 2 about to depart 
for college. One daughter has a new 
job raising funds for "Doctors Without 
Frontiers." B.G. Elmore volunteers in the 
reference department of the local library 
and in a "Ten Thousand Villages" store. 
It's non-profit, sells handicrafts from 32 
third world countries. In May, she and 
Guy plan a trip to the Lake District in 
Northern Italy. Margaret Lewis Furse 
had no recent news and then added, "My 
husband Austen and I are well, which 
nowadays, given our rising age bracket, 
is news." Amen! In spring '06 she 
researched her family history at UNC. The 
Archive had letters written in the 1 840's 
and '50s reflecting life in Matagorda 
Co., TX where her family settled after 
TX became a state. Her granddaughter, 
a history major at Yale, and son John 
joined her for a few days. Sally Bianchi 
Foster and Bob sent news in a Christmas 
letter; highlight of the year was a trip 
to the Adirondacks. What a happy time 
they had with "6 interesting teenagers, 
2 kayaks, 2 cameras, a sailfish and lots 
of tubes for the old folks. No chores 
permitted except for pouring our own 
drinks." Sal had a letter from Ginny 
Mann York and husband Albert who live 
on Long Island, but winter in Venice, FL. 
Ginny left after freshman year, has fond 
memories of "the Reid Clan of 1946-47!" 
Lola Steele Shepherd and Deedee 
spent the night in DC with Dolly Clark 
Rasmussen and John who play music 
at retirement homes. What instruments 
Lola didn't say. Ann Belser Asher 
and Norman were also there for dinner. 
Ann's novel Four Mile Tree, A Jamestown 
Legacy is excellent. It can be purchased 
in most bookstores and 
Ann had a good time speaking of her 
book research, etc. at Dolly's Republican 

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Women's Club. She'll attend Jamestown's 
400th anniversary celebrations. She 
sees Sally Lane Johnson, who is well. 
Edith Brooke Roberts and Peyton were 
smoked out of their 1 2th floor apartment 
(a bachelor left his coffeepot running). 
They were holed up in one room studio 
apartment for months till renovations 
were finished. They took a break in Mar. 
for a 1 0-day tour of Greece and to visit 
Peyton's nephew, former ambassador to 

Unfortunately, there is sad news: 
Pat Owens Purvis lost her husband 
Tom to a sudden stroke. They planned 
a trip to England and Wales, she went 
with her daughter Lisanne Davidson 
78 and family. In Oct., she and Lisanne 
went to Disneyland and nearby places. 
Christmas, she and 19 family members 
went to Costa Rica. Jun., she and family 
will return to England and Wales. She's 
active, enjoys family and friends. In Nov. 
Francis Martin Lindsay and Harvey lost 
their granddaughter Kelly in a very tragic 
accident. I know class members wish to 
express their deepest sympathy to both 
families. Thanks to B.G., Lola, and Sally B. 
for keeping me posted on many of you. 


Mrs. William E. Katz 

Martha Legg 

11 Sunset Rd 

Weston, MA 02493-1623 


Mary Emery Barnhill 
2 Bourquine Way 
Bluffton, SC 29909 

Summer Address: 
9 Sullivan Street 
Cazenovia, NY 13035 

I've enjoyed hearing from many of you 
and hope more will be in touch for the 
fall. I don't have e-mail in the summer, 
but will return mid-Sept. 

Mona Wilson Beard: Her family 
had a reunion in HI last summer where 
she and her husband lived for 26 years. 
She lives in Charlottesville where she 
owns a therapy dog, hopes to host a 
coffee for prospective SBC students. 
Betty Brouder Nibley is a retired 
library faculty member of American U. 
She keeps busy exercising and traveling 
to England, the Caribbean and Kiawah 
Island where she met Alii Tillran Baird 
Loves her 8 grandchildren. Mary Pease 
Fleming visited Barbara Birt Dow and 
Bill in their new home, Wayne, PA. She 
saw Joan Davis Warren on that visit. 
She loved seeing Sue Taylor Lilley at 
reunion. It was a joy for me to have a 
note from Betty Crisler Buchignani 
She has 3 wonderfully successful 
children, 8 grandchildren, and a football 
star at Princeton. She and husband 
still live in their 85-year-old home, 
Memphis. Lynne McCullough Gush is 
busy with teaching and house repairs. 

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She has a duet concert scheduled for 
6/20/07. Meanwhile, her 90 lb. year-old 
Weimarauner puppy, purchased last April 
Fools' Day, is being obedience trained 
(by Lynne) more or less all day. Between 
sessions, she attends ballet class; it's 
nice to hear orders issued by someone 
other than herself! 

Joanne Williams Frasier Max 
Ray, Joanne's son responded to my 
e-mail. His mother has rapidly 
progressing Alzheimer's. He has become 
her caregiver Janet Broman Dingle 
proud grandmother of Janet, and sister 
Joan Broman Wright '56 are off to the 
waterways of Holland and Belgium, May. 
Patty Lynas Ford had trips to Costa 
Rica and AL in '06. Her AL trip took her 
down the Yukon on to Denali National 
Park and then Anchorage. Her husband 
is having a hip replacement as I write. 
Eugenia Ellis Mason's husband died in 
Petersburg, VA. Ann Petesh Hazzard 
was elected chairman of the Goodwin 
House Residents Council in Alexandria. 
Ann Sheldon Hamilton and Bill had put 
their house on the market in preparation 
to move to the Westminster retirement 
home in Richmond. Annie Moo and 
George have a social calendar that would 
make a debutant dizzy! 

I still coordinate the 95 meals sent 
out by the Meals on Wheels Office in 
Hilton Head daily. We love living 2 lives. 
It never gets boring in one place. Have 
2 wonderful dogs, love the birds, and 
keep my hand in at bridge. Do keep news 
coming my way. I love hearing from you. 


Bruce Watts Krucke 
7352 Toogoodoo Rd. 
Yonges Island, SC 29449 

We lost wonderful classmate Joan 
Potter Bickel in Jan. '07 after a long 
illness. She had developed MS not 
too many years after our graduation, 
later suffered a series of strokes. Our 
sympathies go to her husband, Henry, 
her sister and family. SBC has learned 
that Robin Francis died in 3/04. 1 
hope you've read her books. They 
were radical for their time, but could fit 
right in now and become a TV series. 
Joan's and Robin's names will be 
read at the Alumnae Memorial Service 

during Reunion in spring. Ann Thomas 
Donohue is well except her joints. Her 
knees and now sciatica slow her down. 
Fortunately, husband Tom is a gourmet 
chef! Ann had heard from Karen Looker 
Hyde, living in their wonderful woods 
house in the mountains of VA. She saw 
bear footprints on the window panes 
recently. She also had a hip replacement. 
Logan Bentley Lessaro wrote just after 
my last notes were due, at which time 
she was recovering from being thrown 
by a throw rug. She fractured her coccyx; 
fortunately her head hit the wooden 
floor in the hall rather than bathroom 
tile. She'll be writing for the International 
Spoleto Festival again after being 
successful at getting articles on the wire 
services and in Architectural Digest. Her 
websites are doing well. Be sure to check 
out her blog about all things now in Italy: . 

A voice from the past emailed me! 
Katherine "Kitty" Willcox Reiland lives 
in Fox Hill Village retirement community, 
Westwood, MA. It must be good; there 
are 6 people over 1 00 living there. Kitty 
started a group for visiting homebound, 
nursing home residents, and hospitalized 
members of their First Parish Church. 
She's active in bridge and book clubs, 
takes physical therapy in warm waters 
of the local WMCA, reads to 2 blind 
neighbors daily, and piggybacks on Bill's 
computer lessons. They went back to 
Columbus, OH, for sister's 80th birthday. 
I wonder if she saw Jeanne Stoddard 
Barends while there. 

We have no trips planned this year 
except to meet my sister and family at 
North Topsail Island, NC, for a week on 
the beach in Jun. I'll need the rest after 
the 1 7-day outdoor art show during the 
Spoleto Festival in Charleston. This may 
be my last year to do the show; I'm ready 
to retire. I won another honorable mention 
(out of 595 entries) for one of my photos. 
This one was in the award-winning SC 
Wildlife Magazine's annual photo contest. 
The photograph of a yellow lotus blossom 
may be published in the magazine later 
this year. Didn't you enjoy hearing news 
from people you haven't thought about 
for a while! We'd love to hear from more 
of you lurkers out there. Drop me a line 
just to say how you are! 


Kathryn Beard 
1074 Zanzibar Lane 
Plymouth, MN 55447 

First we acknowledge sad occasions and 
send our love and condolences to 
Marty Hedeman Buckingham who lost 
dear Richard in 4/06; to Dede Crater 
Pearse on the death of daughter Elizabeth 
in Aug.; and to the family of Chase Lane 
Bruns who lost her lengthy battle with Lou 
Gehrig's disease 12/28/06. 

On a happy note, we still manage to 
circle the globe in our travels. Phyllis 
Herndon Brissenden went to India, 
South Africa and Botswana. Business 
travel again took Mitzi Streit Halla and 
Roman to various locations in the So. 
Pacific; they managed a recreational 
cruise to celebrate their 50th anniversary, 
traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago. 
Ginger Chamblin Greene managed to 
find walls to climb in Vienna & Salzburg 
on her Austrian holiday. Betty Byrne 
Gill Ware and Hudnall had a fine tour of 
the Canadian capitals last summer and 
spent time with the 14 grandchildren. As I 
write this, Kathleen Peebles Ballou and 
Dennis are in Australia. Dennis teaches 
GA Tech students in their semester 
abroad. Kathleen wrote: "He'll teach at 
Oxford and then in Metz, France, this 
summer and next winter, so y'all come 
visit!" Kathleen wrote of a mini-reunion 
last spring at Sea Island, GA. Participants 
were Betty Byrne and Hudnall Ware, 
Helen "Honey" Addington Passano 
and Bill, Emily Hunter Slingluff and 
Doug Mackall, Sue Lawton Mobley 
and John, Newell Bryan Tozzer, and 
Camille William Yow For Bar Plamp 
Hunt and George, the Jun.' celebration of 
the 50th anniversary of his ordination was 
a highlight. All the family, including Lydia 
Plamp Mower, gathered for the event. 
The Hunts were on hand at the National 
Cathedral in Washington DC in the fall 
for the investiture of the new Presiding 
Bishop, a glorious occasion. Everyone 
traveled to visit family, especially 
grandchildren; they were all over the US. 
The Hunts used their trip to the East coast 
to visit their NJ and MD families. Renis 
Siner Paton and Bill spent Christmas 
at Rehoboth Beach, DE, with 21 family 
members. Mitzi and Roman Halla made 
3 trips to Maine during summer to visit 
5 of their grandchildren. My travel plan, 
when I have to leave my sunny beach, will 
include our annual mini-reunion; a long 
weekend in the wilds of central Ml with 
Amanda McThenia lodice and Don. 
Fritz Merriman Naylor, Didi Stoddard 
and Ginger Greene 

Spring/Summer 2007 • 45 


Mrs. Paul C. Grider, Jr. 
1307 Killiney Place 
Louisville, KY 40207 

Mrs. Robert W. Nichols 
3928 Old Brownsboro Road 
Louisville, KY 40207 

Ladies, we need a help here. The College 
no longer sends the cards we once used 
for gathering notes; now it's up to us 
to get in touch with you. We don't have 
everyone's e-mail address, nor do we 
have the time to write to each. We hope 
you'll will pick up your pen or type us a 
note if you have news. Once a year, a 
card is placed in the Winter SBC Alumnae 
Magazine tor you to address to me and 
send notes. 

While going through notes from 
Reunion, we found the introduction that 
Nancy St. Clair Talley wrote for our 
performance of songs from The Virgins 
of Menace, thought you might like to 
know how she took us back to the '50s. 
"Most of you can't imagine what it was 
like: Before the pill; Before Equal Pay for 
Equal Work; Before something like NOW 
or an ERA, as ridiculous ideas then as a 
real man on the moon; Before anyone 
came out of the closet, much less as a 
bishop in the Episcopal Church; Before 
your father glowed with pride if you spoke 
of graduate school, medical school or law 
school; Before you ever heard the four- 
letter words some children use today on 
the playground. In addition, here's what it 
was like: Nice girls were good girls from 
prudence or fear at least as often from 
virtue; The glass ceiling was also a glass 
door through which only nurses, teachers, 
and secretaries entered; The unmarried 
were old maids at 23 and pitiable at 30; 
Most fathers, given a choice, would rather 
have had an MRS than an AB for his SBC 

The perfect intra to the plight of our 
era! Now, to what news we have. Mary 
Ann Hicklin Willingham writes that 
Catherine Lotterhos Mills and husband 
have a house in Hendersonville, NC and 
hosted a mini-reunion, summer '06, with 
she and Jim, Nancy Salisbury Spencer 
and husband, and Ann Stevens Allen. 
5 classmates have houses in western NC 
including Rose Montgomery Johnston 
and Carolyn Dickinson Tynes Parksie 
Carroll Mulholland and Jack spent their 
first Christmas as snowbirds in their FL 
home. Days are filled with tennis, golf, 
hosting family and friends. Norma Davis 
Owen and Penn celebrated the marriage 
of Penn III in Nov. All look like movie stars 
in the picture as Memphis lost its most 
eligible bachelor! But they gained a lovely 
daughter-in-law. Macie Clay Nichols 
and family return to Provence for Jun. 

and will be joined by daughter Martha, 
son-in-law Eric and Henri (2 W) plus son 
Rob and wife Susanna from Barcelona 
and friends. This idyll has gone on for 
21 years, one month every other year, 
in a renovated stable outside St. Remy; 
we feel almost like natives now. The 
youngest of the 3 Grider girls, daughter 
of Meredith Smythe Grider, will marry 
on 7/7/07 in Ml and because she has 
waited for a long time plus been in so 
many weddings, it's going to be a blow- 
out. We're hoping for a sunny, beautiful 
day; happiness is in the air. Jane Slack 
Sigloh's book, Like Trees Walking, will be 
released by Cowley Publications in Apr. 
Please note the address for Margaret 
"Mitzi" Djerf De Ridder is that of 
another Margaret de Ridder, which puts 
Mitzi on the "lost" list. 

Losses we note with sadness: 
Carolyn Pannell Ross's husband 
Dudley and Barbara Collis Rodes's 
husband Joe. Also, Joyce Fackner Bliss 
died suddenly after arriving home from 


Carol McMurtry Fowler 
10 WoodstoneSq 
Austin, TX 78703 


Jane Shipman Kuntz 
222 Irving Ave 
Dayton, OH 45409-2405 



of 16-18, 200S 


Mary Ballou Handy Ballentine 
6317 Three Chopt Road 
Richmond, VA 23226 

Having not heard from many, I called New 
Mexico and weee! I got Penny Fisher 
Duncklee in Las Cruces, NM, currently 
showing her watercolors at the Main St. 
Gallery. She has her own website, www. , where you can see 
them for yourself. Husband John is a 
writer of historical fiction (and we want to 
read his books!) and has a website, www. . Penny recommends, 
Girl from New Hope. I very much wanted 
to continue in NM with Ann Bush 
Dunlap in Albuquerque, but couldn't get 
her phone number. Ann! Let us hear from 
you! Back east, I called a bunch of people 
who were out and left messages. I did 

get Betsy Salisbury Creekmore on the 

phone from Jackson, Ml. Betsy finished 
at Millsaps Coll. and married Wade. They 
reared 3 daughters and 9 grandchildren 
"all living nearby." Betsy would love to get 
back for our 50th, we're counting on it. 

I reached Joanne Bossert 
Thompson in Bonita Springs, FL. She 
comes back to VA to see her sister-in-law 
and grandchildren at UVA. I hope to see 
her sometime when she's up this way. 
They're world travelers, much of the time 
on bicycles! As members of the Bonita 
Bay Bicycling Club, they visited the Loire 
Valley and going to Vietnam to celebrate 
this important birthday many of us are 
having. They GOTTA be in shape! Betsy 
Smith White and Bill in Charlotte are 
leaving their home of 42 years where 
they reared 3 daughters, moving to a 
condo "right up the hill," which Bill and 
his co. built in the 70s. Since they spend 
time in their Mt. retreat in Highlands, 
NC, they expect to enjoy simpler living 
in Charlotte. Now 2 daughters and 
children live there too. Betsy says Ginny 
Robinson Harris's daughter in Charlotte 
is a beloved and respected veterinarian. 
Mary Blair Scott Valentine and I 
(Mary Ballou Handy Stettinuiu Reynolds 
Ballentine — I'm desperate for words to 
fill this column) went to Boca Grande with 
our bridge club, Lizora Miller Yonce 
and husband Sam entertained us in their 
charming cottage. Next day, we went on a 
LONG bicycle trip around the island with 
Lizora guiding us. Horray! Betty Smith 
White looks forward visiting AL this 
summer with children and grandchildren, 
14 in all! Pickie Payne Hester told 
me that her life involves enjoyment of 
5 granddaughters. I have to add I enjoy 
seeing at book group Courtney Gibson 
Pelley at one of her grand ocean-front 
houses, but I'll get a run-down on that for 
the next notes. 

If you don't write, call or visit me, 
that'll be about all I'll have to tell you 
about. Please let me hear from you. 
We were so sad to learn of the death of 
classmate Vivian Butler Scott and send 
condolences to her family. 


Lura Coleman Wampler 
1406 Thomas Rd 
Wayne, PA 19087 

Greetings! This article includes news 
from those who responded to my 
email and phone calls. I'd appreciate 
hearing from anyone else for future 
articles! In Baltimore, MD, Mary Ellen 
Dohs Acey continues to marvel at 
all the day-time activities retirement 
permits. In addition to volunteer work, 
she plans to start mentoring at public 
schools in fall. In Durham, NC, Judy 
Barnes Agnew reads, plays bridge, 
and visits children who live in NY and 
Atlanta. Jane Allan writes that she's 
retired from the Red Cross and the 
Volusia County government, is settled 
in Ormond Beach, FL where she enjoys 
life Joanne Harrier Barker lives in 
the Lawrenceville, NJ area, spends 
most of the winter dancing the tango in 
San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. From 
Louisville, KY, Lydia Montgomery Bond 
finally stopped smoking after 50 years. 
She's exercising to combat the inevitable 
weight gain. A recent highlight was 
Thanksgiving in Seattle with 2 daughters 
and families. I had a nice conversation 
with husband Bob, who reports that Ann 
Smith Bretscher (Athens, GA) remains 
cheerful and able despite difficulties 
with her mental disease. They traveled 
to San Francisco in late Mar. to revisit a 
doctor with expertise in the field. Nina 
Wilkerson Bugg and Bill love small town 
life in Highlands, NC, the only place either 
of them has lived outside Atlanta. This 
has been a difficult time for Isabel Ware 
Burch who lost husband Bob last Oct. 
She lives in Williamsburg, VA, and visits 

2 sons in Philadelphia. Sue Styer Cahill 
(Reading, PA) and Ed returned to HI this 
winter where she lived for 3 years after 
graduating. They had a grand reunion 
with Janet Maynard Henderson living 
there. They'll meet Janet again in Apr. 
when she comes east to see her son on 
Long Island. Sue visited Ann Reinecke 
Clark in Wilton, CT last summer. Ann 
enjoys spending winters in Venice, FL 
rather than battling the cold. 

Barbara Beam Denison still paints 
and frames in Bethesda, MD. She and 
George traveled to Ireland and Costa 
Rica; plan a sailing trip from Venice to 
Athens. They make visits to CA where 

3 daughters and their families reside. 
Donna Kerkam Grosvenor and 27- 
year partner Chris White live in Santa 
Fe, NM where she teaches yoga. Near 
Chesapeake, MD, Barbara Murphy 
Hale and Phil hope to settle in a house 
they're building by the end of summer. 
They celebrated an important birthday, an 
anniversary, and Phil's 50 years before 
the bar by taking a trip to China, 4/06. 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Barbara wrote that Margaret Kistler 

Jackson deals with a very ill daughter 
and would appreciate notes from us. 
Please call or email me for her contact 
address Adrianne 'A' Massey Hill 
and Mai are adjusting to life in Atlanta, 
GA, where they sing in the Episcopal 
Cathedral of Saint Philip Choir, she's 
also in the Evensong Choir. They both 
play the piano on a regular basis and 
attend courses, lectures, and concerts at 
Emory. They enjoyed visits from Ginger 
Newman Blanchard and Bob, as well 
as Elite Crosby Erdman and David. 
Jane Halderman Hope enjoys life 
by herself in Louisville, KY, and keeps 
good company with a cat and dog. Of 5 
grandchildren, 3 live close. She reports 
that Cookie Canaday Mays, deals 
with rheumatoid arthritis, perhaps as 
a result of years actively running an 
asparagus and flower farm in KY. Now 
living in Sanibel FL, she has had 2 knee 
replacements and an operation on her 

From Charlottesville, VA, Elizabeth 
Mead Howard finished her book Getting 
Ready for the Rest of Our Lives; now 
she needs an agent. She relayed that 
Suzanne Reitz Weinstein published 
her late husband's novel Circus, available 
online via Amazon or Barnes and Noble. 
In Canada, Pat Russell Howard finds 
her mandatory retirement from U. of 
Toronto a blessing; she discovered a 
2nd career in painting and drawing. One 
reason for alumnae to send news is to 
make new connections. Such is the case 
with Heidi Wood Huddleston, who 
spends time in Hilton Head, SC, now that 
husband Joe finished his commitment as 
Senior Judge on the Court of Appeals in 
Bowling Green, KY. Via email, I introduced 
them to our good friends living in Hilton 
Head. Heidi and Joe plan an extended 
trip to Spain this fall. Mary Anne 
Claiborne Johnston has retired from 
teaching at the U. of CO Health Sciences 
Center. After moving around the country 
a dozen times, she and Dick settled in 
Silverthorne, CO, where he serves as the 
Associate Dean of Research Development 
at the U. of CO. They travel frequently for 
business and to visit the 7 grandchildren. 
Judy Cowan Jones continues to live in 
Waynesboro, VA, where she is involved 
in galas for the Artisans Center of VA and 
the Shenandoah Valley Art Center. She's 
a member of a committee trying to raise 
2 million dollars for renovations to a local 
historic theater. This is her last year as 
captain of the ladies country club golf 
team. Of 3 children, one daughter has 
distinguished herself by developing her 
own Vodka called Square One. Try it! It 
has gotten good reviews! In Dallas, TX, 
Jane Riddle Lancaster is a super nana 
to 8- going-on-9 grandchildren! She and 
John escape TX heat tor 4-5 months at 
their new house in Grandfather Mtn, NC. 
She sees Lee Cullum, who is still "doing 

TV." Maline Gilbert McCalla, who 

visits in San Miguel, is writing a book. 
Maline, keep us posted on that project! 
Ann Crowell Lemmon writes of joy 
in birth of a Bugg grandson (remember 
that her daughter married Nina Bugg's 
son). She says the Atlanta SBC Alumnae 
Club presented its 40th year of Living 
Room Learning; this year they read and 
discussed Faulkner and Ellen Glasgow. 
From Santa Fe, NM, Peggy Cook Lunt 
had dinner with Kathy Knox Ennis, 
there for a Junior Year in Spain reunion. 
In Feb , Linda Sims Newmark (Salem, 
SC) traveled to Rome with daughter 
Anna and son Rob; then in March she 
spent a week in London with her son 
and his family. Seeing the sights through 
the eyes of grandchildren (13 and 10) 
was an experience. In Seattle, WA, 
Carol Barnard Ottenberg is perfecting 
bridge and tennis skills since retiring as 
a research interviewer. She's involved 
in volunteer and church activities. In 
Apr. she traveled to Salzburg/Munich 
on an opera and music tour, met up 
with husband Simon to visit cousins 
in Switzerland. Liz Few Penfield and 
Teddy Hill continue work to bring New 
Orleans back to life. They live in the 
French Quarter which wasn't flooded, 
but much of the city remains devastated. 
Liz says you have to see the damage to 
believe it. They continue to travel and are 
involved in a conservancy on the edge of 
the Masai Mara in Kenya. 

From Piedmont, CA, Barbara Bell 
Peterson writes the distressing news 
that she's battling lung and brain cancer. 
Please keep her in your prayers. This 
winter, Patti Powell Pusey and Bill 
(Richmond.VA) spent 7 weeks in Boca 
Grande, FL where they enjoyed time 
with Carolyn King Ratcliffe, husband 
Clyde, and Rhett Ball Thagard. Carolyn 
and Rhett played nurse to Patti after she 
had unexpected arthroscopic surgery on 
her knee. They also spent a night with 
Ginger Newman Blanchard and Bob 
in their new condo in Vera Beach, had 
dinner with Winkie Wimbish Chalfont 
and Ed in Pointe Vedra. I talked to Janet 
Holmes Rothard living in Bat Cave, NC 
after retiring from real estate 4 years 
ago. She is involved in social services, 
deals with adoptions and foster care for 
children. She breeds and shows English 
Bull dogs; in Feb., one of her females 
finished her championship and won Best 
of Breed in Greenville, SC. Janet says 
she's going to shift to breeding Cavalier 
King Charles dogs (small spaniel with 
long coats). They aren't as heavy, easier 
to pick up. Susan Hendricks Slayman 
(St Helena Island, SC) and Kelson took a 
cruise from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale 
via the Panama Canal. They plan another 
cruise on the Danube this summer. 
Jean Morris Stevenson and Don 
spend winters at their ranch in TX, then 
migrate to Charlotte, NC for summer. 

They make trips to Tucson to check on a 
grandson born at 27 weeks. After prayers 
and positive thoughts, he's stable and 
progressing nicely. Since Charlie's death 
6 years ago, Joyce Cooper Toomey 
spends half year at her condo in Vera 
Beach, FL and the other half at her condo 
in Annapolis, MD. I believe she might hold 
the record for the most grandchildren; 
there are 1 4 of them, ranging from an 
h. s. graduate to a 1 -year-old! Sally 
Underhill Viault (Rock Hill, SC) suffered 
a stroke 4/06 and has been through a 
difficult rehabilitation process. She walks 
and talks, but needs to rest often. She 
thanks you for your prayers. In Feb.. Jane 
Tatman Walker and Frank hosted the 
Newmarks, Buggs and Lemmons in 
their U. Park, FL home. They filled 4 days 
with golf, the Ringling Museum complex, 
eating, and partying. After returning to 
Indianapolis at the end of Mar., they 
embarked on a cruise to Beijing and 
parts of Japan and Hong Kong. In spring, 
Winnie Ward and husband Jim, inspired 
after trekking in Nepal, went on a 2nd 
trip to Bhutan. They live in Jefferson, 
NH where she is involved with amateur 
theater, conservation and the Historical 
Society. Tucky McFall Ziebold and 
John (Charleston, WV) were to be part 
of the reunion at the Walkers in FL, but 
couldn't attend due to medical issues. 
They travel to see a daughter in CA and 
to their house in Rehobeth, DE. As for me, 
Lura Coleman Wampler, (Wayne, PA) 
my happiest times are spent having fun 
with our 6 grandchildren in CA, Boston, 
and PA. 

Lucy Martin Gianino and I share 
the honor of being grandmothers to the 
2 in Boston, Coleman Martin and Adelle 
Ann Wampler. I've recovered from my 
knee replacement last Oct. Right before 
Christmas husband Fred barely survived 
a torn aorta. The doctors call him miracle 
man. As we all know, each day is a gift 
to be treasured! If we could, I'd ask all 
of us to join hands to give thanks for 
our blessings, to send healing to those 
who are sick and to remember dynamic 
Barbar Bowen Moore who died in 
Sedona, AZ last Oct. after a 9-year battle 
with breast cancer. 


Bette Hutchins Sharland 
1724 Aberdeen Circle 
Crofton.MD 21114-1618 

At Reunion '06, 10 members of our 
class assembled by the pool at Brad 
and Bee Newman Thayer's farm, 
Kenmore, Sat. afternoon. President 
Winifred Storey Davis saluted the 
4 co-chairs of the class fundraising 
committee, Mary Cosby Rinehart, 
Willia Fales Eckenberg, Mary Denny 
Scott Wray, and Celia Williams Dunn. 
Our Class gave $1 1 5,000, had 63% 
participation, and received an award 
at Convocation. Also at Convocation, 
the 50th Reunion Class of '56 was out 
in force as the "Virgins of Menace;" 
members of '46 were recognized. 
Needing someone with a sense of humor, 
Winifred nominated Louise Cobb 
Boggs to be our president for 5 years. 
Everyone was glad she accepted. The 

4 fundraising chairs agreed to continue 
good work for our 50th Reunion gift. 
Celia recommended the Friends of Art 
as a worthy organization. Funds given 
to these Friends are often used for 
acquisitions, particularly contemporary 
women artists' works on paper. Looking 
ahead to our 50th Reunion and our 
class's skit during Convocation, Winifred 
mentioned that Catherine Caldwell 
Cabaniss contributed much to our 
senior show. Louise gave a fine recall of 
songs from that triumph. Babs Childrey 
Fowler, Jane Garst Lewis, Judy Greer 
Schulz, Bette Hutchins Sharland, and 
Margaret Storey Wasson were present. 
Sat. evening was beautiful; we had a 
lovely time catching up outside, taking 

an occasional dance to the energetic 
"Chairmen of the Board." Sunday's 
highlight was the comparison of knee 
replacement scars by 3 of us, followed by 
fond farewells. 

After Reunion, Louise, John, 
and friends took "a fabulous 1 5-day 
cruise, with land stays from Barcelona 
through the Greek and Croatian Isles to 
Dubrovnik." Son Jay finished law school, 
moved back to Atlanta. The Boggs moved 
from their house of 35 years to one they 
built 1 min. away. It has everything 
on the first floor, bedrooms upstairs for 
company, children and grandchildren. At 

5 min. from the club. John "is in golfers' 
heaven. They've completed a new fitness 
center, so maybe I'll add other exercises 
to the yoga I still practice." The blue 
Danube is a popular destination. Last fall, 
Winifred and Tread, Margaret and Ed, and 
Bee and Brad visited our ambassador to 
the Czech Republic, Bill and Catherine 
Caldwell Cabaniss in Prague, "a 
special evening we will never forget." 
The Residence holds extraordinary 
artwork, including Catherine's own. From 

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Spring/Summer 2007 • 47 

Prague, they traveled to the Danube for 
a cruise to Budapest, wonderful weather 
and sights. Back in NH, after wintering 
("busy and fun") in FL, Bee continues to 
experiment with her digital camera. Her 
new knee "works very well;" she spends 
a lot of time golfing. On the way back to 
Birmingham, Bill and Catherine visited the 
Czech National Building, NY, had dinner 
with Jeanne Bounds Hamilton and 
Ross. They attended a Czech-American 
concert by the Hawthorne String Quartet 
at Simon Rock Coll. in Great Barrington, 
MA. John and Alicia Laing Salisbury 
also cruised "up the Danube and down 
the Rhine, from Budapest to Amsterdam," 
Octoberfesting throughout Bavaria. Alicia 
comments: "Serving on the Republican 
National Committee hasn't been all 
glamour. However, having fine food and 
wine at the White House with George and 
Laura as they lit the Christmas tree was 
pretty nifty." Mary Denny Scott Wray is 
fascinated with her work with the search 
committee for the Richmond Symphony 
Music Dir./Conductor. With symphony 
friends, she went to Vienna and Prague, 
enjoying "wonderful music." Also on the 
Danube and visiting Catherine and Bill in 
Prague were Fritz and Suzanne Seaman 
Berry, who enjoyed that "beautiful city." 
They visited Kathmandu, a place with 
regular political problems. After his 
teaching time, they took a holiday to 
Chitwan, to see a tiger, maybe. They saw 
paw prints, but no tiger. There were sloth 
bears, which aren't slothful, as in South 
America, jungle cats, one-horned rhinos, 
and "tons of birds." The camp depends 
on visitors, but was half-full. Suzanne 
wonders if it will be self-supporting and 
continue to give funds to surrounding 
towns. Our senior year in h.s., Hungarians 
threw the Soviets out and kept them out 
for almost 2 weeks. This was carefully 
watched in Bette Hutchins Sharland's 
town. Freshman year, she wrote a term 
paper for Dr. Schwartz in Introduction 
to Contemporary Civilization, the 
Hungarian Revolution of 1848. Last fall, 
the Sharlands went to central Europe. 
In Budapest, feeling very foreign, Bette 
resolutely tucked in juice and eggs as she 
looked at the display case beside her: 
2 large pistol-like guns, 3 swords, and 
some etchings. That hotel and restaurant 
was a gathering spot for Hungarians 
opposed to the Hapsburgs in 1 848. She 
was re-united with her term paper! 

Faith Bullis Mace notes that most 
are celebrating our 50th h.s. reunion. 
She recalls when her mother celebrated 
hers, how ooold Faith thought she was! 
Her latest grandchild was born Jan., 
when Faith and Dick were on a cruise 
to the Panama Canal. They have 1 1 
grandchildren; 6 girls, 5 boys. Faith 
hoped to see Suzie Philion Babcock, 
lively and attractive as ever. The Maces 
will spend summer in Gettysburg. Judy 
Harris Cutting looks forward to her 50th 

h.s. reunion in Charlotte. She hopes that 
Mary Hunter Kennedy Daly and Judith 

Atkins Wall will be there. She celebrates 
having triplets (6) and their mom for 2 
weeks at Christmas in their 2-bedroom 
house. "It was lively and snug. I managed 
to lose my cool only once." She and 
Tom plan a jaunt to Chile/Patagonia with 
friends in fall. In Sept.. Lou Chapman 
Hoffman will go to her 50th in Raleigh. 
She continues work on New Orleans artist 
Josephine Crawford for the Historic New 
Orleans Collection. Judy Greer Schulz 
enjoys as concerts at SBC, and thought 
the Christmas Lessons and Carols 
superb. She enjoys Nick Ross's piano 
recitals. SBC tells us Mary Carmichael 
Bass died in Mar. in VA Beach. Our 
sympathy to her family and friends. 

Sara Finnegan Lycett was 
housebound by ice when she wrote from 
Southern PA. Sweet Briar's Dir. of SBC 
Art Galleries and of Arts Management, 
Rebecca Massie Lane stayed with the 
Lycetts in their Baltimore home while 
attending a seminar. She said great 
things about the goings-on of campus. 
Our golfer, FeeFee Mathews Tingley 
spends winter and spring in Wilmington, 
NC, though she and her husband 
escaped to FL and warm temps. Ruth 
Jones Bassettfrom Martinsville, 
VA keeps track of her children and 
grandchildren who live near Wilmington, 
having bought a "fabulous place on the 
ocean at Wrightsville Beach." FeeFee 
reports that Ruth is as "beautiful as ever, 
still loves a good giggle." She looked 
forward to watching "some good golf 
swings" during the Masters in Augusta. 
Simone Aubry spends summers in her 
gardens, hopes that a new 7ft fence will 
let her enjoy her roses and fruit trees 
without local deer. Late summer she toils 
over a hot stove, and shares her pantry of 
homegrown produce through winter. Her 
major project is a "wish list" of everything 
she could want in a house. A toxic mold 
problem forced her to tear down the little 
house on the property bought 36 years 
ago, keeping only the indoor exercise 
pool and barn/garage. With her arthritis 
in mind, she plans to design her house so 
that she may remain at home whatever 
the future holds. 

Through the magic of internet, Willia 
Fales Eckerberg responded from 
Australia, where she visited daughter 
Alice enjoying 2 days in Melbourne. 
She loves Australia, "but it's just too far 
away." In fall, she hopes to get to SBC 
"an academic program. To say that we're 
no longer loved around the world is an 
understatement. So sad." Claiborne 
Smith Jones's daughter, Tali, married 
"on the beach of Hanalei Bay on Kauai, 
HI in Aug. She came onto the beach on 
a double-hulled canoe from the bay, 
pretty spectacular, lots of fun." Son 
Trent, wife and daughter, a toddler, live 
in LA. Claiborne visits often. She has 

seen Ginger Penn Plexico several 
times. Ginger's 2 children live in the San 
Francisco area, and she looks "great and 
is fun as ever. Margaret Gwathmey 
wonders how many classmates have 
new hips. She broke hers in 8/06. She 
travels between MD and San Francisco 
twice a year, trying to live fulltime in both 
places. From Seattle. Diane Stevens 
toured Turkey and had a "terrific rafting 
trip in the Grand Canyon." A breast 
cancer survivor, she "feels fortunate to 
be in a city with cutting-edge research 
on this insidious disease." She hikes 
and volunteers with the Seattle Chamber 
Music Society, Pacific Northwest Ballet, 
the opera and the public schools. She 
hopes some of us will pass through 
Seattle. "It would be great to reconnect." 
Patti Anderson Warren retired from 
the Marin County Women's Commission 
after 21 years, but worked to produce 
the 18th Marin Women's Hall of Fame 
celebration dinner for 400. Light snow 
made for limited CO skiing with her 
grandchildren. Mar., she re-visited the 
Caribbean and passed through the 
Panama Canal. She extends an open 
invitation to visit if in the San Francisco 
area. Our gardener "to the max," Fran 
Brackenridge Neumann, is on the 
board of Descanso Gardens, a local 
botanical garden, "a jewel," and serves 
7 western states as a Dir. for the Garden 
Club of America. Her mother died 
peacefully last summer. Fran's "happy, 
busy, and lucky to have her health, good 
friends and great husband." Simone's 
closing sums up our situations: "I'm 
very content with my life. It's good, it's 
busy, it's happy, ever hopeful, sometimes 
exasperating, but always bestowed with 
many blessings." 


Parry Ellis Adam 
33 Pleasant Run Road 
Flemington, NJ 08822 
Momadl © 


Mrs. Heinz K. Simon (Allie 


3701 Guadalajara Court 

Irving, Texas 75062 

Our class interests are summed up in 
2 words: "travel" and "grandchildren" 
and often both together! Randy Kendig 
Young is a perfect example. She and 
Ron rented a house in Umbria, 6/06. 
Children and grandchildren joined them. 
Randy's her granddaughter is looking 

at prep schools, which makes her feel 
ancient! Margaret Millender Holmes 
and Tom went on a dream trip to New 
Zealand; Tom has always wanted to go. 
Maggie says it's a beautiful country with 
beautiful people; she's ready to go back! 
Polly Wirtzman Craighill enjoyed a 
family trip to Romania. Bulgaria, Serbia. 
Hungary and the Czech Republic. Polly 
spends 2 weekends each year with each 
grandchild. She enjoyed seeing Rachel 
McHugh Lilly in Charlottesville recruiting 
at UVA. Sue Jones Cansler and Chuck 
traveled to China. Tibet, and Cambodia 
last fall. Sue says, "All you've read about 
China being on the move is absolutely 
correct!" They enjoy having grandchildren, 
twins (7), and one (6), visit them on St. 
Simons Island. Maybe Sue can give 
pointers to Valerie Elbrick Hanlon who 
became the grandmother of twins in Jan. 
Valerie commuted to NYC to help with the 
new family, but is now in Paris for several 
months. I'm excited to have arranged 
having long-time clients of mine rent her 
Paris apt. next Nov. Cynthia Hubard 
Spangler took a break from babysitting 
3 grandchildren, traveled to Provence 
with friends in spring Katherine Haskell 
Subramanian is our most exotic traveler. 
She went on a 2 week trip to Bahia, 
Brazil, with a group studying Yoga of the 
Voice and participated in cultural activities 
out of reach to tourists including a 
purification ceremony in the Afro-Brazilian 
religious tradition with Afro-Brazilian 
dance, drumming, and chanting. Jul., she 
travels to Ladakh in N. India with a group 
led by a Buddhist monk. First they'll stop 
in Dharmsala and meet the Dalai Lama 
privately. Lyn Clark Pegg sent "Hola" 
from an internet cafe in San Juan del 
Sur in Nicaragua where she attended a 
Spanish language school and traveled 
the island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua. 
Katharine Blackford Collins and John 
left their Comala, Colima, Mexico home 
for 3 weeks in Argentina in Apr. In July 
they'll return to WY for 6 months "to taste 
of winter for a change." In Nov. they'll 
raft through the Grand Canyon and in 
Aug., celebrate their first grandchild. 
Ginger Cates Mitchell and Mitch are 
"trying to keep up with our children and 
grandchildren who live all over the map 
between NY and Mexico." They managed 
a month in South East Asia, "a wonderful 
trip, all by ourselves!" As usual. Betty 
Stanly Cates visited many classmates. 
Stevie Fontaine Keown and Mark were 
visiting friends in Vera Beach and came 
to dinner in Feb. Nancy Dixon Brown 
visited a week which included the annual 
SBC cocktail party and lecture. Mary 
Lou Morton Seilheimer and Charlie 
attended the festivities also, taking time 
away from that new grandson in NY. 
Lucetta Gardner Mannion and Ed 
came for a night. A few days later. Nikki 
Griess Deupree and Tom did too. When 
she answered my call for news she was 

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expecting Julia Arnold Morey and Russ 
to visit. Betty hadn't seen Lu Mannion, 
her SBC roommate, in 25 years. They 
had a great catch-up session. Nikki 
Dupree also wrote about a visit with Betty 
and told of a HI vacation which went 
wrong in '04. Her husband encountered 
a bad form of strep and nearly died, 
unfortunately did lose one leg below the 
knee and some of his fingers, but he 
recovered and is as active as ever. Nikki 
and Tom plan a cruise in Jun. through the 
Norwegian fjords, up to the Barents Sea 
above the Arctic Circle. 

Margaret Meg" McKenzie 
Nowacki sent a wonderful letter of 
overdue news. She still teaches 7-12 
grade Math at Southern Connecticut 
Hebrew Academy in Orange, CT, her 
27th year. She has a married son and 
a daughter; unfortunately her husband 
died in 8/03, from complications with 
diabetes. Meg leads a very busy life, 
active in church, involved in town- 
wide education issues and serves as 
a Police Commissioner for Hamden. 
4 mornings a week she starts her day 
at 6:30 a.m. swimming laps at the 
h.s.l A newsy e-mail came from Tish 
Skinner Dace in Bonaire. She enjoys 
"the best scuba diving in the western 
hemisphere" having made over 500 
dives beginning at age 60. Tish is on 
leave as a theatre critic while writing 
her next book. She works with Capt. 
Don Stewart and others on projects to 
save reefs, preserves oceans, etc. and 
conducts field research on jellyfish. Tish 
says "Despite the fact I earned a Ph.D. 
in English my life has wandered more 
into science than I expected, which will 
astonish my old SBC buddies!" Then a 
note from Jean Meyer Aloe read: "I'm 
enrolled in an M.A. program in Creative 
Writing, specializing in poetry, 43 years 
after getting an M.S. in Biology." I guess 
that evens things up! Jean won a prize 
for a poem and has been invited to join 
the Poetry Caravan, a group of about 
30 poets in NY and CT who read poetry 
and conduct workshops in hospitals, 
senior centers, shelters and hopefully 
one day, in prisons. Ann Knickerbocker 
McCulloch and Bill bought "the prettiest 
1 .5 acres "deep in the heart of TX" near 
"Washington-on-the-Brazos." They're on 
the official Bluebonnet Trail and have a 
hill, a pond, bighorn cattle. Electricity, a 
well, a septic tank and an animal shelter 
will precede a house Prue Gay Stuhr 
and Ed took up bird watching after 
helping a grandchild with a bird watching 
project. They like going to rural or shore 
areas to locate new birds. Dalmatian 
Cole was shown by a handler in several 
dog shows: they enjoy attending Ann 
Funkhouser Strite-Kurz releases 
her final needlework book in Jun. Her 
projects and commercial designs can 
be viewed at . 
Lee Kucewicz Parham and Stevie 

Fontaine Keown celebrated their mutual 
65th birthday 1 2/30. A party at Stevie's 
house included Kathy Caldwell Patten 
and Leslie Buchman Richardson 
Kathy made 2 fabulous trips this winter 
to Patagonia and then South Africa with 
her sister to visit her niece studying 
there. Lee is "actually retiring again. This 
time for good, maybe! Keitt Matheson 
Wood and Frank will go to the beach 
with children and grandsons in Jun. and 
visit us in CO in Jul., and the Parhams 
are planning to join. Before then Heinz 
and I will be heading for Europe on the 
Queen Mary 2, then visiting family in 
Berlin and London. Mary Trabue Meyer 
had a car accident in Oct., broke her right 
arm in 3 places. She's recovered and 
admonishes everyone to "be careful out 
there." Sallie Yon Williams lost her Dad 
in Feb. after several years of diminishing 
health. She's the last of the family and 
busy with estate matters, etc., after 
which she'll spend 2 weeks in Verbier, 
Switzerland, and "overdose on classical 
music." Another sad note is the death 
of Leonora Wikswo Pescosolido s 
mother, Mathematics Professor Leonora 
Wikswo, whom I'm sure you remember. 
Keep the news coming and remember 
this time next year we'll gear up for our 
45th Reunion. Plan now to be there! 


Virginia "Ginny" deBuys 
H16 Shirley Lane 
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 

Someone sent a birthday card that said 
"May your age never exceed your pairs 
of shoes." With each birthday now, I'm 
subtracting a year and buying more 
shoes! You all have acknowledged this 
moment, and extended your wishes for 
health, fun, spiritual blessings, and joy 
to everyone in the class! Sheila Carroll 
Cooprider continues as the assistant 
at Christ Church, Spotsylvania. "I work 
half-time and love it. Retirement is 
beyond comprehension. Chuck loves it, 
though he works hard as ever anyway. 
We travel frequently and will go to 
Tuscany in fall. Youngest daughter Lea 
Ann and husband Geoff had our 3rd 
grandson, Logan Cooper. We look forward 
to a family reunion in Jun. in Duck, NC. 
Jane Bradley enjoyed a High Museum 
sponsored trip to San Francisco to see 
art in museums there, particularly art 
in private homes. She has 2 children in 
Atlanta, one not far in Chapel Hill. Jane 
keeps up with Nancy Hall '61 (who is 
often in Sea Island. GA). Susan Bronson 
Croft and Harriet Houston Shaffer 
Mary Duer Colen and Joe went to FL 
twice, once for sun, once for an annual 
golf outing and wedding. In Jan., they 

went to HI where Ted Leach's daughter 
Kate married a New Zealand man. HI 
was a good compromise between 2 
continents! "Daughter Jennifer and 
husband bought a large, historically 
significant house that needs work 
(they may be crazy!). Their first child 
is due in May. In the meantime, she 
practices law in downtown Philadelphia. 
Ambler and Jamie's baby (13 mos.) 
has me captivated. They came with 
us to HI, a wonderful time. As weather 
improves, we'll be back to our farm on 
the Chesapeake regularly." Stephanie 
Stokes, as most of you know, is a 
well-known NY interior designer. She 
invited alumnae to her apartment for 
a reception. I couldn't attend, but it 
was a happy occasion enjoyed by all. 
Helen Dunn enjoys life on the NJ shore, 
reports that Elizabeth Matheson is 
working on a book of photographs to be 
published soon. Tina Piatt Kemper and 
husband Howard moved to a retirement 
community. They have more time to enjoy 
grandchildren and their working farm. 
Penny Writer Theis and Stuart rented 
a house in Sanibel for 4th grandchild 
Rowan, a girl, born in Oct. Penny and 
Rowan's parents (Ginger and Brian) saw 
her first turnover and first swim. "It is 
the best! Stu was retired, but now has a 
part-time position in a business he loves. 
He's Executive Dir. of The Great Lakes 
Shipping Assoc. He's also on the Board 
of our new condominium assoc. After 
13 years on the Board of The Holden 
Arboretum, I stepped down. It was a 
great experience and if you come to 
Cleveland, you must stop by to see this 
wonderful 3,500 acre arboretum." V.M. 
DelGreco Galgano continues "to teach 
Math at JMU (which I love) and play with 
grandchildren. I see Jo Ann Soderquist 
Kramer and Mary "Mollie" Johnson 
Nelson when they come to SBC for board 
meetings, a real treat. I also see Nancy 
Lee Gillies in Charlottesville. She gives 
hours to the Salvation Army Christmas 
collections (and a million other causes), 
but you should've seen her dressed as 
an elf, with my grandchildren (2 and 4) 
helping to collect! It certainly attracted 

Sue Thorndike Hunt isn't retired. 
She tried to resign as payroll manager of 
a large company last Oct.; they rejected 
that and hired 2 people to help her. "I 
spend way too much time and effort with 
my job, but it's a great company. This 
is a big year for me. I'll be 65, middle 
daughter Caroty n turns 40, youngest 
daughter Mary Elizabeth will marry in 
Barcelona in Sept., and there are other 
family events across the country. God 
blessed me with 3 beautiful, successful 
daughters (no grandchildren) with whom 
I would like to spend more time. It's not 
easy because we're spread out; I'm 
in Orange County, CA, oldest Evelyn is 
a Nurse Practitioner in Nashville. TN. 

Carolyn is an attorney in Beverly Hills, and 
Mary is in Barcelona, Spain. I devote time 
in my church with Bible studies and, as a 
widow, am involved with a singles group 
and women's ministry. Big decisions are 
on the horizon, the possibilities limitless. I 
love visitors so if you are in southern CA, 
call me. 

Betsy Pidgeon Parkinson: "Geoff 
and I enjoy our 6 granddaughters, who 
live 1 min. away. We're involved with 
The Marshall Legacy Institute out of 
Arlington, VA. It was founded in honor of 
Gen. George Marshall and to continue 
his work helping war-torn countries. The 
goal is to eliminate landmines. We're 
helping to introduce a children's program 
(CHAMPS - Children Against Land Mines 
Program) to schools in CT. Students 
hear a presentation, then see a retired 
mine dog demonstrate her skills. They 
love it! They organize fundraisers; the 
money is put into an account to purchase 
of a landmine-detecting dog named 
for their state. We traveled to Bosnia 
last summer to see dogs in action. An 
amazing experience! The program also 
helps landmine victims. It's a satisfying 
and compelling project. This year. I'm 
President of our chapter of P.E.O, which 
raises money for women's scholarships, 
life is full!" 

Kitty Griffith has never been so 
busy. "I now focus on local politics since 
our county is among the fastest growing 
in the state (and the state is among the 
fastest growing in the US). When we 
got here, the Board of Commissioners 
believed in leaving no developer behind. 
We voted the rogues out in Nov. and 
have a new BOC to tackle issues and 
create new programs and government 
approaches. I'll let you know in Apr. if I 
become secretary of the Chatham County 
Democratic Party. I write for a local 
monthly paper, Chatham County on Line. 
That keeps my brain from rotting. After 
breaking my leg, 12/28, I'm trying to get 
in shape. Anne Litle Poulet is "far from 
retired and continues to enjoy being Dir. 
of the Frick where I see classmates like 
Ann Day Herrmann and Ginny. Feb. 6, 
the French Minister of Culture Renaud 
Donnedieu de Vabres presented me with 
the medal of Chevalier de 'Ordre des Arts 
et des Lettres at a beautiful ceremony in 
the Palais Royal in Paris. My husband and 
his family, along with French colleagues 
and friends attended. I'll be taking a 
group of Frick supporters to Argentina 
to visit museums, private collections, 
and to ride horses in Patagonia." Anne 
and I have enjoyed knowing that our 
good friend is Dir. of the Frick.When I 
read Anne's letters to members I hear 
her voice (and wit) in Eleanor Barton's 

Angie Whaley Leclercq: "I'm still 
Dir. of the Daniel Library at the Citadel, 
and my best colleague is Kathleen 
Stevenson Turner Fred and I went 

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to Scotland with SBC in '06. We had a 
fabulous time even though Fred hates 
planned trips. We stayed in Oban, visited 
the Isle of Mull, then went to Edinburgh 
and visited the east coast. We made 
friends, and the whole group is going 
back with SBC to the Dordogne Valley, 
France in Aug. I've a new book that has 
been named the number 8 U. Press book 
for '06. It is Elizabeth Sinkler Coxe's Tales 
from the Grand Tour, a travel adventure. 
Come visit Charleston and Fred's antique 
shop. Leezee Scott Porter writes that 
she had a fire in her house in Georgetown 
1 1 months ago. "The good news is that 2 
days ago I moved back. I'm so happy to 
sleep in my own bed again. If anyone has 
a fire, call me, I may have advice and at 
the least, sympathy! I live half-time in WA 
and half-time in Salt Spring Island, BC 
where Erin, Jesse, and 3 grandchildren 
live. Signing up for social security was a 
seminal moment, but each day is happy. 
Sure beats the alternative!" 

Joan Moore Biddle reports "that 
life in Southern CA and retirement are 
very agreeable. We see our daughters 
and grandson Emmet (2) often. We look 
forward to a cruise to Scandinavia and 
Russia in Jun. Our cruise to HI in 1 2/06, 
was exciting and rewarding, the only 
way to see the islands! I'm beginning a 
Children Reading to Dogs program at our 
new Temecula Library with my Cavalier 
King Charles Spaniel Ruby, a certified 
Therapy Dog, to assist children who 
are shy or anxious about reading aloud. 
Dogs are accepting and nonjudgmental. 
Have just taken on Tucker, a second 
Cavalier puppy. I take pleasure helping 
with my Garden Club's Youth Gardening 
program. We joined the Temecula 
United Methodist Church where I take 
a Stephen's Ministry course to assist 
people who need emotional comfort 
during a life crisis. I miss my NY and VA 
friends! Lynne Crow says "I'm going 
to take my retirement with Guardian 
Life this year as they are changing the 
health benefits for people who retire after 
1/1/08. I'll continue to work to avoid 
drawing down my retirement savings if 
I don't have to for a while. Besides, it 
helps pay for trips. I went with the Million 
Dollar Round Table Foundation (MDRTF) 
last Oct. to help with a Habitat build in 
New Orleans. It was very satisfying, but 
seeing the still devastated city made me 
sad. I'm flying on 3/1 1 to the Bahamas 
with MDRTF and Kids Around The World 
to build a playground. (I went with them 
in 1/04 to China to do the same thing). 
In Jan., I went to Australia for 3 weeks 
with Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT); 
great trip. My children keep getting older 
(36, 35, 32); no one has gotten married 
yet. They're all well. We'll be together for 
a family wedding in Stockholm, Sweden 
in Jun. Lynn Young Johnston Esmay 
"Dick and I love his retirement and divide 
our lives between Lake George, NY, and 

Naples, FL, where we share good times 
with 9 (and still growing) grandchildren, 
5 children and friends. I'm showing 
wrinkles, but appreciate life, health, and 
leisure to do things I enjoy. Would love to 
welcome any classmates north or south, 
and look forward to reuniting with Mimi 
Teschner. Susan Croft Ann Fauber 
and Judy Evans at the Croft's lake 
house in GA this fall. We're celebrating 
my Medicare Birthday in Umbria, 
Campagnia, and Sicily in Sept. Greetings 
and well-wishes to all ladies approaching 
Golden Years." Lee Houston Carroll 
and John moved back to Lexington, 
KY after a year in Cambridge where 
John had a fellowship at the Kennedy 
School at Harvard. Lee says she audited 
undergrad classes. All in all it was "an 
amazing opportunity for us." They're 
retired, though John continues to write 
and Leigh is involved with volunteer work, 
enjoys babysitting her grandchild. Tina 
Patterson Murray moved last year. 
Now daughter and family moved within 
shouting distance. This isn't easy to do 
in NY! Tina continues to teach at John 
Jay and promises that her dissertation is 
almost done. Her life is moving along and 
includes a dash of romance (must be that 
dancing again!). Rosamond Sample 
Brown from Dallas enjoys life there and 
in San Diego. To celebrate, she arranged 
a destination birthday in New Orleans 
with all of her family. She wants to see 
ya'll! Arrange a mini-reunion and she'll 
come or go visit her in San Diego. She 
has lots of travel planned for '07. Green 
Notes — In addition to my Prius purchase, 
we find that M.C. Elmore Harrell is 
driving a Ford Escape Hybrid and Leasie 
Scott Porter is driving a Honda Civic 
hybrid. Kitty Griffith has a Scion XB. I'm 
sure there are other green autos and 
things in the '64 family (I dream of a 
flowering sod roof with a view!). As for 
me, I still work for a software firm and 
commute from Lawrenceville to NY. 
I'm moving slowly to retirement (taking 
lessons from all of you.). I see Anne Day 
Herrmann in NYC between her travels 
and talk to Libby Kopper Scholleart 
who bravely took 27 teenagers to France 
for spring break. 

Finally, if any of you change your 
email address or decide to get one, let 
me know. If you don't have email, use 
the postcard in the Winter SBC Alumnae 
Magazine to send news, write me a letter, 
or go to the Sweet Briar Alumnae Banner- 
Self Service site. It is always good to hear 
from you! 


Sally Hubbard 
52 Sherwood Trail 
Sewanee, TN 37375-2166 

Laura Haskell Phinizys twin 
grandchildren, Sarah Frances and 
Spencer Guion Jones were born Oct. 23, 
each weighing 6 lbs. Daughter Laura will 
bring them to Augusta at Easter time. 
Laura says Sarah "has an attitude" and 
Spencer's whole face smiles. The twins 
join cousins Wesley (2) and Stewart Gash 
(4). Sherry Bradford Christhilf is an art 
consultant; she and her husband collect 
contemporary art. All 4 children are 
married; she has 8 grandchildren. She's 
on the steering committee with SBC alum 
Sara Lycett of an art group in Baltimore 
that offers weekly lectures and seminars. 
She lunches with classmate Leslie 
Smith Bunny Sutton Healy is still a 
country mouse/city mouse. She spends 
part week in Boston working at the Park 
School, weekends in western MA. She's 
happiest cooking, playing the piano, 
gardening, traveling, playing golf, walking, 
or fiddling with photography. Husband 
Jay owns and runs a lumber mill and is 
an environmental consultant. Daughter 
Elizabeth in CO is a vet tech; Eben is 
outside Philly pursuing a job in the world 
of baseball as a stats man. Carol Ann 
Reifsnyder Rhoads' 5th grandson was 
born in Apr. Daughter Jennifer (3 sons) 
lives in Winston Salem; son Richard lives 
in Tucson with 2 grandsons he adopted 
from Zambia. Youngest son Ben (only one 
not in medicine) in AR is a city planner 
in Siloam Springs. Her health is holding 
after breast cancer in '01 . Carol retired 
in '03, is learning duplicate bridge. 
She and husband celebrated their 40th 
anniversary with a trip to Florence and 
Tuscany. Next she'll go to Peru with an 
Audubon birding group to the jungle 
and Incan ruins. They're excited that her 
husband got his first patent for a biotech 
process he developed. 

Sally Rasco Thomas still works at 
the American Heart Assoc, as a Planned 
Giving Dir. Her territory includes San 
Diego and Orange Counties and Palm 
Springs. She had a fabulous trip to 
Egypt and Jordan in fall (having wanted 
to go there ever since Miss Barton's 
History of Art course sophomore year). 
Otherwise, she focuses on her sons 
and 3 grandchildren living nearby. 
Eugenia Dickey Caldwell writes that 
godchild Lee Phillips, daughter of Cora 
Lee Logan Phillips, has a condo near 
Golden Gate Park; Peter and Eugenia 
hope to visit soon. Sister Paula Dickey 
'69, with everyone else in New Orleans, 
is still having difficult times 19 months 
after Katrina, with few basic services and 
balky insurance. They need our support. 

Alice Mighell Foster Ficken and new 

husband (of 4 years) thoroughly enjoy 
her 5 grandchildren (2-6). Her son, wife, 
and 3 little girls live in Winston-Salem. 
Daughter, husband, and their son and 
daughter live in Charlotte; they see them 
often. Alice and her husband are going 
to Greece and Turkey in May. Someone 
introduced Sally McCrady Hubbard 
saying, "She sings and hikes and writes 
for the Messenger," and that about sums 
it up. The Sewanee Chorale will sing the 
Haydn Nelson Mass and Te Deum this 
spring. She's trying to learn how to use 
a digital camera for the newspaper and 
for her next Danube trip with husband 
Charles, starting in Budapest and 
ending in Prague. A niece's wedding will 
gather the clan in Charleston in Jun., 
and then grandson Duncan (7) will visit 
in Sewanee, yea. Mel Freese Cota 
and Alberto have been in Queretaro 
5 years now! Mel is a certified yoga 
instructor. Older son Alberto, who works 
in Manhattan, and wife Adriana came 
from CT to Mexico to baptize new baby 
Alexandra, born in Oct. They also have 
daughter Katie (3). Younger son Guillermo 
is back in Sao Paolo, packing to return 
to Mexico. He too has become a yogi 
and is back at the piano. Daughter Vicky 
has 3 little ones; Francisco (5), Maria 
Fernanda (3) and baby Santiago (1). She 
and husband live in Mexico City and visit 


Mrs. Penn Fullerton 

Maxey Penn Willets 

124 Linden Ln 

San Rafael, CA 94901 -1342 


Diane "Toots" Dalton 
Milwaukee, Wl 53202 

Betsy Kurtz Argo and Jim enjoy being 
grandparents of Ellie in Ashville, NC and 
Jake in San Francisco. Both Betsy and 
Toni Naren Gates have grandsons 
named Jake. In 2 years Betsy will have 
completed 25 years at Columbus School 
for Girls and will retire to the cottage 
on Torch Lake, Ml. Melissa Sanders 
Thomas and Boyce will miss Reunion 
because they're going on a cruise 
around Italy and Greece with friends 
from GA. Boyce is featured in Around the 
Water Tankby Jimmy Haigler, a memoir 
about growing up in Cartersville, GA. 
Carole Munn will be at a convention 
in Poland during Reunion. She's still 
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lot of short quick trips, has traveled to 
Vietnam (2 wks), India (4 wks) and plans 
to go to Antarctica in 1/08. Gene King 
Leyden is busy with her 22nd annual 
dance recital, 200 kids (2 % to 13) in 
costumes and organized! She's good 
friends with the dance teachers at SBC, 
the Magruders. Dolly Caballero Garcia 
will miss Reunion to visit Peru with her 
grandson. Baird Shinberger Bell is 
traveling to China and will miss Reunion. 
Linda Grizzard Tiffany writes, "To my 
disappointment, I won't be able to join 
you and our '67 classmates for our 40th 
reunion in May. Please give my regards 
and hello's to everyone there; I wish them 
well in the fondest way. 

Anne Stuart Brown Swann sent 
in a photo of the 2 of us "as we are 
now." Not only is Anne Stuart my college 
roommate, but she's also "family," as I 
married her first cousin! May brings out 
the splendor of SBC campus, although 
there's not a time of year when it isn't 
picturesque. I'll enjoy thinking of all of 
you living it up, renewing friendships, 
and making new memories. Have fun!" 
Although Sara H. Brydges was only with 
us for freshman year, she remembers 
living at Boxwood Inn and Miss Barton's 
art history classes that "set us all on a 
life course of enjoyment and interest." 
Sara retired as Administrator of Earth 
Resources Laboratory at MIT. Lindsey 
Smith Newsom will miss Reunion 
traveling to France with the NC Museum 
of Art. Lindsey reports that Judy Jolly 
served as Ed. Minister at her church, 
but moved back to Birmingham. Ginny 
Stanley Douglas says moving back into 
their house was a major undertaking. 
New granddaughter, Genevieve Hammond 
Beach, was born 12/29/06; they're trying 
to arrange her Christening on 5/13/07, 
coming to SBC is off the agenda. Mary 
"Beth" Dixson Baldwin and Sandy are 
Board Co-Chairs of Hospital Hospitality 
House of Winston-Salem. HHH is a 
collaborative effort between both of the 
large medical centers and the community. 
The project is in the planning stages, but 
the Board will hire an executive dir. and a 
consultant and is moving into phase 2 of 
the project. The Hospital Hospitality House 
provides affordable lodging in a caring 
environment for referred adult patients 
and/or their caregiver(s) who travel to 
Winston-Salem for medical treatment. 
Their city has an excellent Ronald 
McDonald House, and soon hopes to offer 
the same compassionate support to adult 
patients and families. 

Kim Waters Keriakos visited with 
Elizabeth Sprague and even shared a 
"Sprague cone of ice cream" with her 
just before her death. Kim writes that 
she was as remarkable as ever. "I could 
imagine myself walking through Sweet 
Briar's spring woods looking for skunk 
cabbage and blue bells." Pam Ford 
Kelley and Brandon visited Mary Cary 

Ambler recovering from a serious auto 
accident that left her in a coma. Although 
she's very weak, Pam reports that "she's 
definitely Mary Cary." Best wishes to 
Mary Cary for her continued recovery. 
Please keep the news coming! 


Lynne Gardner Detmer 
148 Jefferson's Hundred 
Williamsburg, VA 23185 

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Thanks to those who sent Christmas 
cards, letters, and e-mails. Please take 
time to send me your news. It's wonderful 
to keep up! E-mail is easiest! Make 
my days! The happiest news is that 
Martha Bennett Pritchett is now Martha 
Bennett Conner. Martha married C.V. 
on 1 2/27/06, and plans to live happily 
ever after. Martha says, "C.V. is truly a gift 
to my life, a wonderful person and very 
kind to my children and me." They had 
a great trip out west to Scottsdale and 
several trips to see children and attend 
friends' weddings. They improved the 
"lake house" during summer, and took 
their honeymoon to Puerto Rico. Martha's 
4 children are doing well in careers and 
college. Ann Biggs Jackson e-mailed: 
"Daughter Cary and husband Chris 
moved to MD last summer and are very 
near to me. Their son Dillon Edmond 
Cosper was born on 1 0/1 5/06 which 
made me a grandmother. (Anne Kinsey 
Dinan and I frequently email pictures 
of our grandchildren to each other.) My 
daughter Win continues to teach English 
at Oldfields School and spent the summer 
in WY as a wrangler on a dude ranch. I 
stay busy with my commitment to Ladew 
Topiary Gardens as VP of the Board of 
Trustees. My gardens and house in MD 
keep me busy, (we added a wing this 
year). I have a house in FL, but don't get 
there enough. We follow the steeplechase 
game closely, had some wins last year 
and hope for more. And then there is 
my husband's thoroughbred breeding 
program: yearlings head to the big sales 
and we had the grand champion at the 
MD yearling show for the 2nd year in 
a row! We'll be in Saratoga Springs for 
races this summer. Tennis elbow keeps 
me off the courts right now, so I took 
up the treadmill and painting. Mostly 
decorative tiles (the new room and 
Win's house). I hope to attack some 
canvas soon and release the creative 
genius inside! Why didn't I discover this 
passion before the eyes went?" Lesley 
Bissell Hoopes and Toby began '06 
with a "festive family reunion in Bermuda 
celebrating her mother's 85th birthday. 
We found it delightful." Toby "spent much 
less time on the water this year, but 

competed in the Newport Bucket and the 
Newport-Bermuda Race." Lesley joined 
him (by plane). They had a 1 day trip in 
Scotland with The American Museum in 
Britain "taking in the sights of Edinburgh, 
Glasgow, and being entertained in private 
houses and castles in the Highlands." 
Katey Buster writes, "I still work as a 
snowshoe and hiking guide in Aspen, CO 
in spring and summer. I can't believe that 
my 'Rocky Mountain High' has continued 
since 1978! Turning 60 was a milestone, 
especially since I've been here 30 years, 
still hiking high mountain trails. I had 
neuromas removed from both feet last 
Apr.; surgery was successful. 5 other 
female friends and I trekked the famous 
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru a few 
years ago; it was thrilling to arrive at such 
a famous place after 3 days and nights 
on the trail. I know that some of our 
classmates must have made this trek in 
the past. I'm in the phone book if anyone 
comes to visit, maybe we can take a hike 
together! As for Lynne Gardner Detmer 
all is well and happy. Jim and I are busy 
with full lives split between Williamsburg, 
VA, and Keene, NY. I still love making 
jewelry, but also love farm work in the 
summer. Being outdoors and active suits 
me. I guess I shall just have to be a split 
personality as long as I'm able! Please 
reserve time for our '08 Reunion coming 
soon. Speaking from experience, I can tell 
you that reunions are totally rewarding. 
Reconnections gratify as we find out what 
we've experienced: joy, sorrow, and all 
the growing since graduation so long ago! 
Please come! 

Elaine Jenks Emerson is an 
Information Specialist for the Dept. of 
Defense, Germany. She got her MS 
in Library/Information Science from 
Catholic U. and has pursued her career 
mostly overseas. She writes, "I'm lost in 
Heidelberg; my heart is in Turkey. This 
is never, never land, so we never grow 
older, but we're indeed lost." Frances 
Kirven Morse and John write, "We 
made it through another year! We're 
celebrating our 5th holiday season in 
CA. We must officially be Californians 
now because we both wear prescription 
sunglasses." Frances is now "officially 
retired" and John is finishing his 2nd 
year at Google. They spend "lots of time 
with granddaughter Ella, and say that 
they "relish the moments when she's 
very, very good, and breathe deeply 
when she is testy!" Frances and John 
spent a week in Yosemite National Park 
"hiking and figuring out how to avoid the 
other million tourists there." When not 
involved with WMPG (world's most perfect 
granddaughter) Ella. Frances stays 
involved with the Friends of Edgewood 
Park, leading wildflower walks, working 
on the wildflower photo database, and 
helping to establish a schools outreach 
program. She also works with Peninsula 
PFLAG's Safe Schools program. Frances 

continues, "Middle age finally caught up 
with me this fall when I had to undergo 
an arthroscopic 'repair job' for a torn 
meniscus in my right knee. Not fun! 
Healing and returning to normal slower 
than I wish, but my yoga and stretching 
classes have really helped me cope 
and heal. I'm coordinating the design 
effort for an 'extreme makeover' of our 
kitchen, family room, and dining room. 
John enjoys Google, where he "may be 
the oldest Software Engineer." They also 
enjoyed a Christmas trip to the Boston 
area, seeing family and friends. That's all, 


Ms. Nancy Crawford Bent 
Nancy Crawford 
14 Dopping Brook Road 
Sherborn, MA 01770-1049 


Virginia Eldridge Eaton 
461 Rittenhouse Boulevard 
Jeffersonville, PA 19403-3382 


Gale Hull Whetzel 
2696 Coventry Road 
Columbus, OH 43221-3226 

Lynne Manov Sprinsky 
The Old Smithy 
Montoursville, PA 17754 

Hi SBC pals! I'm truly sorry I missed 
the opportunity to see you last summer. 
After finding a few of you and convincing 
YOU to attend reunion, I found myself 
flat on my back with a herniated disk 
immediately prior to the big date. What 
a disappointment!! Hope you all had 
fun and that I can see you at the next 
one or at an Alumnae Council. I still live 
and work in Miami and wait anxiously 
to move back to my condo. My rental 
building, the Harbour House, is being 
converted to condos, and we all had to 
exit for a year (more like a year and half 
now, with all the delays in construction) 
so that they could take the building down 
to its cinderblocks and rebuild it. It's in a 
great location, right on the beach in Bal 
Harbour. I liked living there when it 

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was old; I'm going to LOVE living there 
when it's brand new, very exciting! Hope 
you will look me up, come to see my 
new place. Also, I started a mortgage 
company, Bal Harbour Lending, so I can 
help you become my neighbor if you're 
so inclined. Check my website out: 
htto:// . May 
the good Lord bless you and yours. Lots 
of love from me and my adorable golden 
doodle puppy, Beau. (Hah! it's about time 
I got a Beau, isn't it?) All the best from 
sunny FL. 


Jill Johnson 

2012 Wolftrap Oaks Ct 

Vienna, VA 22182 

Miss Mary E. Heller 
3051 Idaho Ave No 318 
Washington, DC 20016-5733 


Louise "Weezie" A. Blakesiee Gilpin 
105 Centre St 
Milton, MA 02186 

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As usual, SBC can throw a party! Diane 
Dale Reiling and I (Susan Dern Plank) 

attended Homecoming in Sept. The 
campus was beautiful, lovely weather. 
We attended the gala on Sat. night 
celebrating the recent fundraising that 
gathered more than $1 1 million (yes, 
you read that correctly!) for the college. 
An ambitious goal for a college our 
size was not only met, but surpassed. 
Heartfelt thanks to all who made this 
possible. I encourage you to attend next 
year, especially those of you who find May 
too busy to attend Reunion. And you don't 
have to wait 5 years to see classmates. 
An added bonus, you can visit with 
friends from other classes too. The 
celebration began Thurs. evening with 
cocktails at the SBC Museum, followed 
by dinner at the Wailes Conference 
Center. We were chatting long after 
most had left, can't let wine go to waste! 
Up early Fri. morning for a meeting of 
the Alumnae Council, we learned that 
enrollment is increasing steadily from 
throughout the country, including a large 
contingent from WA, thanks to Diane's 
continued efforts. The largest first year 
class in about 20 years is enrolled. SBC 
obviously meets their criteria as it adapts 
to a changing world, yet continues to 
maintain core values that made it our 
choice "just yesterday." The speaker at 
Convocation was Sallie Bingham, author 
and philanthropist, whose address titled 

"Women, Money and Power" was most 
appropriate for the weekend's celebration 
honoring the generosity of generations 
of SBC women to their alma mater. 
Afterward students, faculty, and alumnae 
walked to Monument Hill accompanied by 
the bagpiper, although I was surprised at 
the number of alumnae who sheepishly 
confessed they had never made the 
trek. The spectacular view of campus 
with colored leaves of surrounding 
trees framing the view is well worth it. 
The ceremony there in remembrance 
of Daisy is a touching remembrance of 
the family whose benevolence made our 
education possible. Despite a rain shower, 
dinner that evening was held nearby the 
new Studio Arts building, former dairy 
barn. The college is to be commended 
for adaptive re-use of older buildings 
throughout the campus, this is one of the 
latest. Later, there was a performance 
of Stravinsky's "A Soldier's Tale" at 
Babcock Auditorium. On Sat., the Book 
Shop was a magnet for alums before 
they headed to SB Lake for a boxed 
lunch, followed by the annual Cardboard 
Box Regatta. Everyone had fun wearing 
their Sweet Briar sun visors and waving 
pennants to cheer on their favorite team 
from the college's engineering class. 
Professor Barbara Perry, on sabbatical 
from Sweet Briar at Washington U., 
gave an interesting talk comparing and 
contrasting the lives of Dolly Madison, 
Jacqueline Kennedy (about whom she 
has written a biography) and Hillary 
Clinton. We then scurried back to change 
for the gala held outside under an 
enormous series of tents. Scrumptious 
foods, liberal libations, a lively band, and 
lovely ladies and escorts were a festive 
combination. Kudos to Alumnae and 
Development Offices for a wonderful 
celebration honoring innumerable donors, 
large and small. Many thanks! 

Joan May Harden is the proud 
grandmother of Jack, who was 6 weeks 
old when she came to Homecoming. Dr. 
Elizabeth Sprague, whom many of us 
had as a biology professor, celebrated 
her 95th birthday on Sat, Sept. 23. 1 
visited her a few days prior, we were 
able to get outside and enjoy sunshine 
and warm air. For someone whose life 
was so inextricably involved with nature 
and the environment, it's difficult to be 
confined indoors. Betsie Meric Gambel 
has returned to New Orleans after several 
months in TX to learn some good news. 
She will become the grandmother of 
2 in the spring '07, Gregory and wife 
expect twins. Younger son Meric works 
in Greenville, SC. Our own Diane Dale 
Reiling was elected to both the Alumnae 
Board and the Board of Directors at SBC 
in recognition of the hard work she has 
done on behalf of the college in Seattle. 
Congratulations and best wishes to her! 
Her daughter Erica now attends Seattle 
Pacific U. and her son is a senior at 

Rensselaer, Troy, NY. She saw him early 
Oct. when she met her mother in Albany 
for a week-long trip along the Hudson 
River. Unfortunately, her mother fell going 
to the Chicago airport and was forced to 
sightsee from a wheelchair. Diane was 
looking forward to her first meeting of the 
Board in Nov., so has done quite a bit of 
cross country commuting this year. Chuck 
keeps the home fires burning while 
she's away, to include their real estate 
business Ginger Woodard Gast went 
to London, seeing "Mary Poppins" and 
a tennis match at Wimbledon. The end 
of Jul. found her in Toronto; it must have 
been difficult to go back to teaching first 
grade. This year's class is a challenge, 
many children don't speak English. 
Middle daughter Annelyse suffered an 
injury which may require surgery, ballet 
career is on hold. Younger daughter Katie 
is a sophomore in h. s. — Admissions, 
take note! She and Paul are considering 
relocating to Charlotte, NC. Laurie Norris 
Coccio is the principal of local elem. 
school. She looks forward to retiring in a 
year or 2 so she can travel with husband 
Chris on some of his interesting trips, 
especially to New Zealand. They enjoyed 
Martha's Vineyard and the Rl shore 
over this past summer. Elder daughter 
Stephanie plans to finish her doctoral 
dissertation in Russian history, summer 
'07. Her younger daughter attends 
a community coll. not far from them. 
They're able to see her often. 

Life has been interesting for us. My 
daughter is a senior at Dickinson Coll. 
Her off-campus housing arrangement 
didn't work out so we scrambled to find 
her a new place to live in mid-Sept. I 
took a leave of absence as a naturalist 
instructor at the environmental education 
center this fall because my husband 
broke his ankle. I was his chauffeur for 
a few months, an adjustment for both 
of us. I have continued to be involved 
on environmentally and educationally 
oriented boards. I'm more than busy. 
A friend from my days at St. Andrews 
U. visited in May. We visited her cousin 
near Toronto and several Carmelite 
monasteries in western NY, as well as 
sights in the Capital District. This summer 
we lost our 1 6-year-old cat to cancer. 
"Buttercup" had accompanied us on 
our travels over the years and provided 
faithful, constant companionship; she will 
be missed. 

I must report the sad news of the 
death of classmate Lillian Battle 
Dugger London, 10/06. She is survived 
by husband of 21 years, Steven. She 
graduated Phi Beta Kappa from V P. I. 
and was an artist specializing in scenes 
from nature, inspired by her home in 
Savannah and on Tybee Island. Memorial 
contributions may be made to Hospice 
Savannah. Know that your news is always 
welcome and can be submitted directly to 
the Alumnae Office online, so don't wait 

to share news (the good, the bad and the 
mundane) with us. We hope to hear from 
you soon! We're looking forward to having 
you join us at Homecoming, Sept. 20-23, 
2007. Mark your planners now for our 
35th Reunion to be held May 16-1 8th, 
2008! No excuses for not attending as 
we've given you advance notice. We can't 
wait to see you again! 


Hannah L. Pillsbury 
7132 W Tamarack Ct 
Mequon.WI 53092-8517 


Karin Lindgren 

124 Lakeview Avenue 

Lantana, FL 33462 


Ann Kevin Kiley Crenshaw 
1216 Cedar Point Dr 
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 


Suzan Marie Faist Jagger 
19 Bex ley Ct 
Goshen, CT 06756 


Mrs. John Daniel Kelley 
(Paula Jennifer Brown) 
10617 Donovans Hill Drive 
Fairfax Station, VA 22039 

Janet Rakoczy 
10135 Glenmere Road 
Fairfax, VA 22032 

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Lillian Sinks Sweeney 
74 Longuevue Drive 
Pittsburgh, PA 15228 

Beth Purdy Thorsey reports: oldest 
daughter Britt was accepted early 
decision to UVA; we're proud of her 
as she received amazing grades while 
taking 9 AP's on top of extra curriculars, 
community service/volunteering activities 
etc. while commuting regularly abroad 
for modeling jobs in Paris and London. 
We should be proud of our kids today as 
the entire h. s./coll. admission process is 
grueling. I never would have cut it! ...can't 
believe I have a kid as old as we were 
when we met! Found out that Deborah H. 
lives 1 min. away. I have yet to see her 
cute face! Amy Andrews Monahan 
husband Sean, and son Morgan are in 
NYC. I volunteer there during the week, 
spend weekends on Sampsonville Mt. in 
Upstate NY. I have a healthy family and 
great friends. 

Phyllis Watt Jordan is the MD 
editor, Washington Post, where she has 
worked for 7 years. She lives in DC with 
husband, Miranda (9), and Jake (8). 
This year they took a Disney cruise in 
Jan. Diane Delldera moved back to 
Lynchburg. My daughter and nephew 
(Marlene Weber Delledera '81 , son Teddy) 
attended the Summer School camp, 
awesome experience! My daughters, 
Autumn (1 0) and Ivy (5), went with me to 
Homecoming '06. We saw the cardboard 
boat races, the horse show, Daisy's grave, 
and danced at the magnificent evening 
gala. SBC always looks beautiful, and that 
weekend it was more beautiful than ever. 
I'm sad I'll miss the next 2 galas. We (my 
husband, 5 children) are moving to Paris 
for a year and then on to Finland for a 
year. If anyone in our class is thinking 
about attending Homecoming, I've one 
word of advice: GO! Please make my 
email address available to anyone coming 
to Paris. Georgia Schley Richie writes: 
Hey! I started a new job today, General 
Counsel for McChesney Investment 
Advisors. Very exciting opportunity. Have 
had wonderful times with Beth Fletcher 
Lubin this past year. She's Godmother 
to my youngest, Tallulah. Catherine 
Flaherty writes: life is busy. I have a 
great new job, promoting Radio usage 
by Advertisers and Marketers through 
our new PPM service, I spend a lot of 
time in my NY office, which allows me 
to socialize with friends in the evening. 
Next week I'll have dinner with Michelle 
Baruch Jeffries and Francie Root on 
Mon., and then Tues. with Lisa Sneider 
Thornton and Jeaninne Davis Harris 
Our family visited DC over Thanksgiving 
and spent the week at Debra Hill 
Maes s house, lovely Barbara Wesley 
Bagbey and Fannie Zollicofer 

Mallonee spent the night and visited 
with us there. Husband Jim lives, works, 
commutes to CO Springs, we've had 4 
big CO trips this year, (mostly white water 
rafting, summer, winter skiing), another 
is planned for Spring Break. I think of 
that great SBC trip when we visited Vail, 
although we mostly skied Copper. I drove 
out over X-mas break and visited Amy 
Campbell Lamphere in Lincoln, NE on 
our way home. 

Tinsley Place Lockhart writes: 
it's Sat. a.m. in Edinburgh & I'm a bit 
bleary, have started a job in mid-Jan. 
as solicitor in Commercial Real Estate. 
That's Scottish for a property lawyer. It's 
been a long slog, 4 years back to coll. for 
a law degree, one-year for a post grad. 
legal diploma which taught how to do 
practical things like write a will [which 
I won't use now!], followed by 2-year 
traineeship in a law practice. So now in 
year 8, 1 finally begin to do the do, and 
feel SO BABY. I'm still learning so much 
each day that I'm not a live-wire when I 
get home, and am having to go into the 
office today b/c we've got a deal finishing 
on Mon. & I have to do 24 dispositions 
etc. Won't think about it, but will grab a 
shower to wake me up in a few min! I 
went to a ceremony in mid-Feb., became 
a British Citizen and am now a dual 
national, but as Britain is part of the EU, 
with freedom of movement, it means I 
can now live in France :) I've been 22 
years here, it seemed a good idea. As a 
citizen, I come and go, as a permanent 
resident I could've lost my right to return 
if gone too long. Daughter Esmeralda 
(1 8) is in her first year studying Maths & 
Stats at Leeds U. She might go into some 
form of financial services and trains with 
the rowing club. We go to Bermuda in 
1 days (thus me going into the office 
today, guilt for getting off at the end of 
the financial year) with my mother, who 
is flying out to meet us from Nevada. I 
met Mother in Charlottesville last Nov., 
where I stayed for a night with Martha 
Freuhof Ryan. She's just moved into 
a fabulous penthouse apartment on 
Court Square with her 4 busy children. 
My son Beauregard (21) is in his 3rd 
year studying Business & German at 
Trinity Coll., Dublin. He's spending this 
year at the U. of Regensberg in Bavaria, 
about an hour north of Munich, in a 
lovely little town on the Danube, a nice 
holiday spot. He did an internship at the 
Republican National Committee in DC 
last summer, and is currently on 2-month 
work experience with Allianz Bank in 
Munich, followed by another 2 months 
with Sotheby's in Munich this summer. 
Star! My partner of 1 years, John, got 
a great job as Web Information Architect 
for the IT/IP division of the Law faculty 
of the U. of Edinburgh. He will combine 
with his contract for the same at a 
trade body, the Assoc, of Project Safety. 
So, that's probably a longer run-down 

than you needed [the hell of editing!] 
but it's served to wake me up a little. I 
hope you're really well & look forward 
to reading your notes. You may contact 
us at: Tinsley & John Lockhart, 8A St 
Bernards Crescent, Edinburgh EH4 1 NP; 
Tel 0131 332 6740. 

Ginny Farris Hofmann writes, 
"I'm getting ready to go to Bay St Louis, 
MS to work on a house with a group of 
folks. What an adventure! Still doing land 
records research, but am getting tired 
of it. Flexibility is the thing that makes 
it desirable. Alsie is finishing 2nd yr at 
UMW (Mary Wash). Mary is waiting to 
hear from schools. She's in at Mary Wash 
and UNC-Gobo already. Graham plays 
tennis, a sophomore in h. s. Driving is the 
big thing for him now. Alan and I are fine, 
but old! We SBC gals need to rendezvous 
this summer to celebrate being 50! Let's 
meet in Annapolis. 

Mitch Baruch Jeffery writes, "All's 
well in the Jeffery household. Jim's Asset 
Management firm is thriving. He and 
Jane went skiing in VT this winter. Now 
we want warm weather! Jane loves 6th 
grade at Chapin. She enjoys rocketry 
class and fencing, still taking art at the 
National Academy School. She's busy, 
but happy. Charlie is a junior at Roger 
Williams U. and anticipating life after 
college. We're proud parents. I spend 
a lot of time on the auxiliary at Lenox 
Hill Hospital where Jim and I serve on 
the Advisory Board. And Henry, our 
labradoodle, is one spoiled dog. Life is 
as it should be. Jean Goulder Brown '76 
sounded like much fun and a chance to 
share how we have grown/ changed and 
become more accepting of people and 
their differences. I've had the wonderful 
opportunity to return to school and 
become an audiologist. I love working 
with people (undergrad psychology and 
music history double major — chose not 
to pursue either.) Audiology is a good 
fit; there's a need for people skills and 
critical thinking for diagnosis. In my field, 
anyone entering will obtain a doctorate 
rather than a masters. Many of us 
went back and completed the doctoral 
program; now I'm Dr. Jean Brown (still 
get a kick out of that). Home life includes 
husband Tom, 2 "children:" Pedro (a 
pug) and Symba (a black lab/rotweiller 
combination). They meet many of my 
maternal needs. We live in the Warwick/ 
East Greenwich area. I'd love to be a part 
of a get together with anyone interested. 
My home number is 401 -885-4463. 

Mimi Walch Doe writes: daughter 
Whitney is a happy freshman at 
Vanderbilt. She's a Theta, and I was 
no help to her at all during rush. All I 
rushed for in college was the pecan 
pie at dinner. I enjoyed seeing Claire 
Dennison Griffith during Parent's 
Weekend at Vanderbilt as her son, a 
sophomore there. Younger daughter 
Elizabeth is a junior at Deerfield Academy 

and heading to Charlottesville with her 
team for preseason practice. I'm busy 
working on projects related to my books 
and hope to see SBC alumnae as I speak 
to parents around the country, www. 

Pam Koehler Elmets writes: we're 
busy looking at colleges with the twins. 
CA is great, bought an apartment in San 
Francisco this year and plan to visit the 
NC beach this summer with family Tish 
Longest Tyler writes: she and Carolyn 
Birbick Thomas will travel to Paris, 
Sept. '07. I'm renting a studio apt for 10 
days (wish it were more) on the left bank 
and Carolyn is staying at a swanky hotel 
for 5 days on the right bank. We both 
look forward to the trip and plan to take 
the train to Versailles one day as well as 
shopping! I can't wait to show Carolyn 
all my favorite places to visit in Paris. In 
addition to my 1 Vi year old Sheltie, Holly, 
my husband and I are the proud parents 
of 6-month-old Keeshond Jack. They're a 
handful, but fun to have around. I'm still 
at VA's Office of the Attorney General and 
loving it! 

Kim Wood Fuller writes: it's been 
a busy year for me and my husband, 
but our hard work has finally paid off. 
We started a new skin care company, 
Therametics. It's doing really well. Anyone 
interested can visit the website at www. to read all about the 
company and products. In Oct., I went 
to Paris with Janel Hughes Wiles to 
visit Sally Gray Lovejoy The 3 of us 
trained down to Aix and visited with Jill 
Steenhuis Raffato for a few days. Jill 
is a fabulous tour guide; we caught up 
on each others' lives and saw sights 

News from Myth Monnich Bayoud 
We've heard from Ann Connolly who 
is remarried and in MA! And we LOVE 
the annual St Patrick's Day card from 
Catherine Flaherty and her brood! 
We're busy with 2nd grader Charlie's 
school, chairing 5K Trek for Tech 
Fundraiser in fall, and the school Auction. 
We spent a lovely week in Lyford Cay, 
Bahamas at our nephew's wedding 
in Jan. 07. Charlie was an usher and 
by far the cutest! Toni Santangelo 
Archibald and I work 3 days a week at 
my h. s. alma mater, School of the Holy 
Child. Rye, NY as the Dir. of Alumnae 
Relations and Special Events. Work is 
different each day. I love working in a 
school environment. Chip is retired after 
selling his seat on the NYSE, really enjoys 
life, lots of golf, skiing and travel. Our 
children, Johnny (20), Franny (18). and 
Sara (1 5), are well. We had a trip to AK 
with the Santangelo clan (16 of us!) last 
Aug. A magnificent place! Love and good 
wishes to fellow classmates. 

Susan Posey Ludeman writes: 
we're fine here. Missy and I went to Jane 
Hubbard Sam's (79) 50th birthday in 
northern VA. Saw chic grones, had a fun 

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time. Everyone is healthy and well. Danny, 
Jr. (22), Allie (20), David (16), Caroline (13). 

Fannie Zollicoffer Mallonee writes: 
We finally finished our kitchen renovation, 
which took longer than we hoped. We 
began the project in Jun.; I was still 
cooking on the grill in Dec. It's wonderful 
now that it's done. Stepdaughter Payton 
is a junior at Collegiate, began her college 
search. Sorry to say she's not interested 
in an all-women campus, SBC is out. 
But on our trip we visited Wofford Coll. 
in Spartanburg, and I called up Garrow 
Hudson Crowley. She's still Garrow 
after all these years, driest of wits and 
very funny. Chris is now a fine artist. I 
saw one painting, a huge green pear that 
hangs in the hallway, quite impressive. 
Their 3 children are thriving. Oldest Elsa 
is in London. We also looked at UNC-W, 
in Wilmington, and there I called Gerlind 
Younts-Peretz. We met for dinner, had 
a great time. Her daughter Natalia (6) 
is precocious. I think SHE'S ready to go 
to college. Maybe by the time she's 1 6 
women's colleges will appeal to young 
women again. 

Jeannine Davis Harris writes 
that she's busy with kids' (1 5, 1 3,9) 
schedules, works p/t at an Antique store, 
Canterbury Antiques. Pres. of SBC NJ 
Alumnae Club had an event in the city 
(3/07) with Stephanie Stokes '64, top 
1 00 interior designer. She shoots trap & 
sport clays, hikes, and plays tennis on 
the side. Sandra Rappaccioli Padilla 
writes: husband Max still works for ED&F. 
Man in the sugar area. Oldest son Max 
Carlos is in his 2nd year at VA Tech. 
Jorge will graduate from McCallie this 
May. Sandra, Violeta, and Felipe are in 
Nicaragua with us. I work in the morning 
in a family business, afternoons I'm 
home with the kids. In '06, Francie Root 
visited. We went to the beach, had a 
great time. If anyone is in the area, please 
come and visit. 

Eithne Broderick Carlin writes: 
moved from Sandwich village to the 
village of West Barnstable in Jul. Not 
the greatest month to move: summer, 
teenagers and take me here, take 
me there! But we're finally settled. 
Kids are great; Candace (1 6) has her 
"permit" which is why I've remained a 
bottled blonde! I'm a mass of grey hair 
underneath! She plays field hockey, 
lacrosse, and enjoys her social life. John 
(1 5) is taller than mom (5'9"). He's a 
man's man, as long as he's flying straight 
between footballs, playing lacrosse, 
taking the boat to MV, and fishing, he's 
a happy camper. I'm seeing how quickly 
my "Irish twins" will be leaving me soon! 
Other than mid-life crisis, I'm holding my 
own. Big D, as dad calls him, keeps the 
fires going and the restaurant is growing 
yearly, maybe a DJ's South! Tim and Sean 
are ready to make it happen! I may find 
myself back in the heart of Dixie and out 
of my New England experience! Come 

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visit if you make it to Cape Cod. All my 
love and best to everyone! 

Liz Swearingen-Edens had a 
delightful time celebrating life with 
parents, brothers, husband and kids 
while drifting by barge up the River 
Thames this summer. After a visit in 
Canada they followed each other south 
for Thanksgiving and Christmas then to 
DC in spring. Liz says they're still not 
sick of each other but it's time to get 
back to work. If anyone needs design or 
illustration, please call! Soon launching a 
specialty stationery line called LizNotes. 
com . 

Lisa Schneider Thornton writes: 
Tim is graduating from h. s. Brian is 
an h. s. freshman. Kevin works for 
Charter Communications and travels 
domestically. I'm busy at home managing 
them all. Loved seeing Jeannine Harris 
and Catherine Flaherty in NYC. I 
look forward to mini reunions. Lillian 
"Muffit" Sinks Sweeney still lives 
in Pittsburgh, and is a Hospice Nurse. 
Son Taylor (8th grade) is taller than me! 
Husband John is still in the printing world 
pushing new technology. That's all folks. 


Claire McDonnell Purnell 
Four Thompson Street 
Annapolis, MD 21401 

Greetings from Annapolis! I heard 
from classmates near and far. Margie 
Robinson Talmadge gets the distance 
award. She writes from Brussels, Belgium 
"We live in Brussels, Belgium in the 
suburb town of Waterloo. We really 
enjoy Brussels. The back of our house 
overlooks the inn (museum) which was 
the Duke of Wellington's headquarters 
during the battle of Waterloo. It's great 
to be immersed in history; we love 
the opportunity to travel. We spent 
Christmas in Barcelona and a weekend 
in Amsterdam (we try to travel while 
school's out). My SBC French has served 
me well; I'm grateful for it." 

Betsey Simpson Hilberts, husband 
Tom, and daughters Eliza (17), Greta (13), 
and Allie (9) live outside of Philadelphia, 
PA. Betsey teaches 5th grade and is 
beginning to work on a masters in 
education and guidance counseling. 
She feels fortunate her family is healthy. 
Betsey writes, "We're beginning the 
college search! I realize as I look at 
colleges for our daughter how much I 
loved my time and the people I knew at 

Helen "Sam" Masters Durham 
lives in Rochester, MN "Don't TELL me 
about snow! I have feet of it in my yard! 
How did a southern girl end up HERE?" 
Helen works at the Mayo Civic Center 

as Ticket Operations/Customer Services 
Manager. Husband Buck is a Pediatric 
Cardiac Surgeon at the Mayo Clinic. 
Oldest son Arch (24) lives and works in 
NYC. Daughter Ann Husted (19) goes to 
school in Ml and dances; youngest son 
Rob (16) is a junior in h.s. 

Sigrid Carlen Veasey and husband 
Doug live in Philadelphia with 3 sons, 
Carlen (12), Campbell (12), and Wylie 
(10). Sigrid is a tenured professor of 
medicine at the U. of PA where she 
teaches, does research, and practices 
Sleep Medicine. The whole family plays 
squash. Best SBC event of the year was 
getting a card with photos from Kaki 
Bennett Johnson and seeing that lovely 
big smile! 

In Jan., Liz Seacord and husband 
Adam hosted their 20th Annual 
Scottish dinner party. Stephanie Stitt 
Fitzpatrick and Dirk were much- 
welcomed guests. Liz writes "Hard as 
I did try, they wouldn't dain to eat the 
Haggis." Liz also writes "I'm working at 
Adam's company (in the Times Square 
area) with accounts receivable. He has 
a couple of factories in China, which 
produce specialty inorganic chemicals, 
makes frequent trips there. A long way 
from the art world where I started, 
but when you have those NYC private 
school tuitions to pay. ..." Liz enjoyed 
seeing Lelee Frank Hazard and 
Genia Zenke at our 25th reunion, but 

Lelee Frank Hazard and John in 
Alexandria, VA celebrated their 20th 
wedding anniversary last Dec. Lelee 
enjoyed the 25th Reunion and hearing 
Chairman of the Board. Kids Martha 
(14) and Mitchell (12) heard the COB 
at their summer camp and liked them 
too. Lelee works for brother Randolph 
Frank, a psychiatrist. Oldest son Jack will 
graduate from Commonwealth Academy, 
but hasn't made a college decision. 
Daughter Martha attends Oldfields School 
in Glencoe, MD, enjoys riding. The school 
reminds Lelee of SBC. 

Susan Graham Campbell lives in 
the Fitler's Square area of Philadelphia, 
works for PNC in Real Estate Finance. 
Susan and family were heading to St. 
Bart's for a week, but dropped a line 
before she left. "Daughter Sarah (21) is 
a full-time college student at MMC in 
Manhattan and studies journalism. We 
went to Uruguay on a Horseback riding 
trip in Oct. Just got a new horse:1 5.2 
hands, 7-year-old chestnut gelding 
named Noble, very cute, good mover, very 

Dawne Cotton Warde and husband 
Jim live with 2 daughters in Marin County, 
CA, north of the Golden Gate Bridge. She 
writes "We adopted 2 gorgeous little girls 
from the Hunan, Province of China. We've 
had Elizabeth (5) for 4 years already. We 
traveled again to China last year for her 

adopted sister, Caroline (2). Jim is Senior 
VP of Lucasfilm, Ltd. and President of 
LucasArts, their video gaming company. 
We spend weekends at our beach 
vacation home, purchased last summer. 
Elizabeth attends the Chinese American 
International School, the oldest mandarin 
immersion school in the country. I'm 
spending my free-time raising Corporate 
Sponsorship funds for the school's 
scholarship program." 

Mary Kate Ferguson lives in 
Baltimore, MD and owns Beeswax 
Bookkeeping service, which is 
blossoming slowly. "I'm still buying and 
selling antiques out of the shop, online, 
at auctions, for private clients. That's the 
most fun. However, I'm finding that my 
most precious moments are spent with 
old friends from school." 

Allison Roberts Greene is busy 
traveling. She writes: "Carson and I had 
fun in Jan. We headed to L.A. where we 
had a meet-and-greet with Jay Leno on 
the Tonight Show. 'Ross the Intern' was 
doing the Golden Globe awards, he's such 
a stitch. My husband laughed the loudest 
in the audience. Next day, we had a 
private tour of Jay Leno's garage. What a 
collection! We enjoyed seeing the BEARS 
win the 2 playoff games in Jan. Carson 
and I headed south for the SUPERBOWL." 
The Greene family is gearing up for 
spring break and looking forward to a trip 
to Maui, HI. In Apr., Allison and Carson fly 
to Florence, SC for Jane Terry's wedding 
to Bill Feley. Summer will be busy with 
trips to the cabin and camp activities." 

Eve Devine writes from Baltimore, 
MD. "We love our get-togethers here in 
Balto., DC, VA area. We meet to eat and 
shop, generally in that order. Shopping 
is always a bargain process and we help 
each other by running in and out of the 
dressing room, usually for bigger sizes! I 
see Brendy Reiter Hantzes, Mary Kate 
Ferguson. Claire McDonnell Purnell, 
Kearsley Rand Walsh and Tania Voss 
Ryan. Even Amy Marshall Lewis came 
last time. I saw Tania when I needed 
some new "business casual" clothes for 
a business trip. It's always a great time. 
Good friendships last forever!" 

Speaking of shopping, as I sat down 
to write these class notes the phone rang. 
Eve, Brendy and Mary Kate were clothes 
shopping at a nearby mall, I joined them. 
They're very creative and found tops for 
me outside my Nordstroms/Talbots box. 
There was also a very nice bride-to-be, 
shopping for her trousseau, who began 
asking for fashion advice from 3 of them. 
Such talent! 

I was home in Pittsburgh and saw Liz 
Winson Sweeney. She's tan and still 
has beautiful blonde hair. She and Tom 
built a new home. She's still involved in 
volunteer activities. 

As for the Purnells, we went to Disney 
World for the kids' spring break; it was 
so much fun. I love that place. We took 

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a wonderful trip on the AutoTrain and 
woke up after a good night sleep ready 
to take on the Magic Kingdom. Summer 
is coming; we're trying to figure out 
what to do. We'll probably rent a cabin in 
upstate NY. 

Thank you to everyone who wrote 
with news. Have a wonderful summer! 
The next deadline is July 1 . Keep those 
emails, cards, and letters coming. 




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7102 Wynnewood Court 
Richmond, VA 23235-5619 

Here's to being 40 (or turning 40)! Our 
20th reunion is only a couple of years 
away! Plan now so you won't miss the 
fun! Twig Odell Tucker writes from 
Orono, MN. She and husband, Jimmy 
(W&L '87) have 3 children, Jack (1 2), Will 
(10), and Katie (6). Kids keep her busy 
with hockey, golf, lacrosse, swimming, 
dancing, and other activities! Proof 
that this is a small world: Twig ran into 
Tish Markey Hutter at a camp their 
sons attended. Tish and family had just 
relocated to MN with Rob's (W&L '88) 
job. Now their sons attend the same 
school, play lacrosse together. Sharon 
Bittner-Webb is in the UK and works as 
an Assistant Faculty Librarian at the U. of 
Portsmouth. She joined the Ermine Street 
Guard, the oldest and best historical re- 
enactment group. They focus on late 1st 
Century Roman Britannia. Go to www. for information and 
photos. Krista Biggs posted a note on 
the message board saying she sold her 
house in Louisville, KY, found a new job, 
and relocated to Chapel Hill, NC. Don't 
forget to join the Class of '89 Group 
Page at . 
Last fall, I got reconnected with JoAnn 
Bogolin during Homecoming, and later 
visited her in Atlanta during a business 
trip. We saw the Louvre exhibit at the 
High Museum on opening day! I see 
Kate Robinson Hillested now and 
then, we have horses at the same farm. 
Daughters Katie Grace, and Isabelle, are 
both learning to ride and showing in lead 
line classes, winning ribbons! Nothing has 
changed in my life. Work is busy. I enjoy 
being part of Go Red for Women and 
participating in the annual Heart Walk to 
raise funds for the American Heart Assoc. 
I started selling, and occasionally buying, 
on eBay. This started as a way to clean 
out junk in the closets, but has become 
addictive! Send me a quick note now 
and again; I'll be sure to have material 
for the next Class Notes! Take care until 
next time! 


Jean LSpillaneBenning 
1506 N Bethlehem Pike 
Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002 

Mamie Farley 
5302 Bewdley Road 
Richmond, VA 23226 

Susanne Petrie and new husband Bob 
finally built their house and 1 1 -stall barn 
on their new 34 acre farm in Leesburg, 
VA; they're busy moving in. They love life 
on the river. Susanne left the government 
after 1 5 years of service, and now has a 
10 min. commute to Northrop Grumman 
where she's an international business 
consultant. It's been a life-altering 
change of pace for the better! She keeps 
in touch with Kathryn Hagist Yunk 
Carey Bates and Kimberley McGraw 
Euston. She sees Kathryn Cooper 
Hoffman for her famous clothing shows! 
This winter was joyful and sad for Emily 
Leming La Jeunesse's family. On 
1 2/26/06, she gave birth to 2nd son 
Alec Christian La Jeunesse, a joyful 
Christmas surprise since she wasn't 
due until Jan. 6th. Her sad news was 
that her Father died suddenly in 2/07. 
They're happy that he was able to meet 
his newest grandson. She says father is 
having fun in heaven with Arleigh and 
is sure she welcomed him with open 
arms. Emily plans a family vacation with 
Laura Rose Martin within the next 
year. Gwen Fisher Glew has 2 sweet 
boys: Duncan (6) in kindergarten and 
Finn (3) in preschool. She and husband 
Rich will celebrate their 1 5th wedding 
anniversary this year. They bought a 
new house, moving to Seattle soon. 
She works at U. of WA and Children's 
Hospital in Seattle. She currently does 
a 2nd medical fellowship to become a 
pediatric developmental and behavioral 
specialist. Her research involves autism 
and cerebral palsy. Life's great. She's in 
touch with Edie Rue '89 and Kathryn 
Johnson Glass. Edie has 2 boys, and 
Kathryn has 5 children and is a full-time 
family physician! It has been a whirlwind 
the last year for Cathi Tavi Goslau! She 
was married 8/06 to Emile Anton Rainold 
IV from New Orleans. They expect their 
first child in early Oct. She volunteers for 
the 4-H in English riding and works as a 
sales associate for Wilderness Lodging in 
Summit County. They purchased a new 
log home in Sept. and are settling down. 
She keeps up with Amy Bingaman 
Brice McRae. Cheryl Bishop, Jill Randies 
and Holly Duello, Teresa Jones and 
Wendy Stevenson. Karen Carlisle works 
at Sara Lee (14th year) and survives 
Chicago winters. Her little boy (1) is a 
handful but a joy. She has been in touch 
with Sharon Bittner '89 who lives and 
works in England. Brad and Margo 
Tenbroeck Calkin enjoy life with 2-year- 
old son Lian. They're patiently waiting 
a referral to adopt their 2nd child from 
Lian's orphanage. Jiangsu, China. He's 

a water bug and ironically he is from a 
coastal area. Kristin Walberg Urbach 
has been elected President of the Junior 
League of Washington, DC for the 2007- 
2008 term. Her predecessor, Betsy 
Hannah, and the current Parliamentarian 
for the league, Maria Estefania, are SBC 
Alumnae. She loves being a mom with 
2 daughters Kelsey (6) and Kallie (4). 
She and husband enjoy introducing the 
kids to sports and other activities now 
that they're older. She's happy to see 
D'Andra Simmons when she visits 
DC. She looks forward to her 20th RHS 
reunion this Jun. Thanks to the web 
directory Nandini Sett Ghosh Dastidar 
has been in touch with professors and 
friends. She got in touch with Amber 
Vellenga She's settled in Calcutta now 
with her husband of 1 Vi years. Erin 
Katz, M.D., currently in private practice 
(Urology) in Clearwater, FL, enjoys the 
warm weather year round! She plans to 
visit Amsterdam & Ireland in summer 
and will visit sister Lisa Katz '90 living in 
Dublin. She will attend the Lipton tennis 
tournament in Miami, FL in Mar. with 
Kristina Glusac '92, still plays tennis for 
fun. Cary Bates keeps busy at work and 
says that family is well. She visited with 
Amber Vallenga in Dec, had a blast. 
She looks forward to lots of golf, her 
partner Allison may manage to beat her 
this year! Megan Read Lindberg still 
lives in northern CA with her husband 
and 3 children, Sutter (9), Tessa (8), and 
Logan (3). They share our home with 
many animals! Life is good; they feel 
blessed! She thinks back to wonderful 
memories at SBC. Anyone coming west 
should get in touch. They have plenty of 
room! Brice McCrae Tunison says all 
is well in south GA! She looks forward to 
spring. Laura is 10, Kate is 9, and Will is 
7. Her girls ride horses with her, a dream 
come true! She started a'home business 
with Arbonne. If anyone is interested 
call her! It's a great way to stay at home 
and raise your kiddies, plus wonderful 
products, you can't loose! It was great 
seeing everyone at the reunion. She 
sends Congrats to Al on that sweet baby! 
Locket LaGroue loves that she still gets 
the Sweet Briar magazine and various 
mailings. It's fun to see what everyone's 
doing. She talks to Liz Jennings 
frequently. Bonnie Dawson invests in 
properties all over the USA, her favorite 
place is Wheeling, WV. She says it's 
like buying a work of art when you buy 
a property there. The homes are lovely 
old Victorians and the area is growing 
by leaps and bounds. Her children are 
grown; she has 2 granddaughters (6, 8), 
from oldest girl Heather. She also has 
a grandson from stepdaughter Laura 
and 3 granddaughters from her 2 step 
kids. Grandkids are so fun. She works at 
Topsail Island, NC and has rental homes 
there. She tries to slow down, but life is 
speeding up. She says God has been so 

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good to her and really wants to do more 
for Him. She supports 5 children through 
World Vision and reminds us to enjoy 
each moment of life. At the time of these 
notes, Signee Hoffman Swartley was 
9 months pregnant; she and husband 
Curtis Swartley (1990 Franklin-Pierce 
Coll., J-term in Europe) were expecting 
their first little one. She decided to wait 
to find out the sex for old-fashioned 
sake. After all the work, she wanted 
some surprise at the end. Ruth Ewers 
has completed her Master of Science in 
Human Services, specializing in Social 
Work and Community Services. She 
continues work as a social worker for 
Region Ten Community Services Board 
in Charlottesville. She hopes to resume 
freelance writing in non-fiction. She 
and husband Robert Self, who is the 
Architectural Conservator at Monticello, 
completed the restoration of one of 
the dependencies on their property, 
Edgewood. The building was used as a 
dairy and is one of three 18th Century 
buildings near the main house in 
Nelson County, VA near SBC. Son Logan 
continues work as a chef and kitchen 
manager for a Charlottesville restaurant. 
Ruth walks the trails at SBC, keeps in 
touch with some classmates. She sends 
greetings to everyone! 

Nicole Gauthier says things in 
Walnut Creek, CA are great. Chloe (2) 
keeps Nicole busy. If it isn't swimming 
class, music class, or soccer, it's French 
school. Claire Stapleton Batson '92 and 
Melinda WickAufmuth '92 visited her for 
a girl's weekend in Feb. They had a great 
time and had fun seeing the children 
play together (Melinda's girl 6 mo. 
younger than Chloe). She says there's 
nothing better or more comforting than 
hanging out with your best friends in the 
world. Dawn Monahan Nelson says 
her children, Libby (11) and Scotch (7), 
are well. They have 2 lab puppies they 
adore. Major home renovations are in the 
works. She misses SBC friends. Lorraine 
Haire Greer welcomed Alexander Lloyd 
Greer, 8/4/06. They moved into a new 
home in the neighborhood where she 
grew up. Tom's niece moved down from 
MA to be their full-time nanny. Baby Alex 
is adorable, they enjoy every moment. 
They do a lot of traveling with Alex for 
family and business reasons. They finally 
settled her mother and father's estate 
this month. She's the proud owner of her 
parent's business, started over 57 years 
ago. She has large shoes to fill, but the 
Coastal Company is a family; they're 
prepared for success. She's active in 
the SBC visiting riding committee where 
she attended last year's homecoming. It 
was a spectacular weekend; she enjoyed 
reconnecting with old friends. She hosted 
a SBC Tea for the Wilmington area club 
over the Sweet Briar Days holiday. They 
had a nice group, enjoyed hearing and 
chatting about all the new changes 

on campus. She looks forward to the 
next reunion to reconnect with friends. 
Christine Canterbury Flint is preparing 
for a trans-Atlantic move in summer '07. 
Husband Joe has taken a new position 
with Starbucks in Amsterdam. They look 
forward to family adventures in Europe! 
She would love visitors. Allie Doucette 
says life has been crazy since reunion. 
They settled in their home in San Diego, 
the pups love the weather. Alastair Tindall 
Casler was born 9/14/06. She's finally 
getting use to motherhood. Billy will be 
deployed in 1 1/07 for 6 months. Guests 
are welcome anytime. She'd love the 
company, especially since she's not 
working. Laura Rose Martin says not 
much going on in south AL. The tornado 
that hit Enterprise was about 20 mi. from 
where she lives, but they didn't even get 
rain that day until 7 p.m. She keeps busy 
with the Mom routine: drive to school, 
come home, drive back to school, drive 
to swim team, drive to karate, drive to 
Scouts (she's not a huge fan of driving!) 
She keeps in contact with Emily Leming 
La Jeunesse 

Amber Vellenga has an amazing 
company in Richmond, VA building patios, 
renovating outdoors spaces (including 
outdoor fireplaces that blow a chimney 
out of the water), and selecting plants to 
compliment the newly designed space. 
On 3/1 7, Jenni Vance and her husband 
Ron took a trip to the hospital at 2:30 
a.m. on sleet covered roads to welcome 
the delivery of Brendan "Vance" Granieri, 
born at 5:25 a.m., 3/17/07, weighing 
8 lbs, measuring 21 in. He was 2 days 
early and in a hurry to arrive! He's 
beautiful. They're adjusting to new roles. 
The dog and horse feel neglected, but 
understand. Ro finished his 6-month 
research sabbatical in Germany and 
returned home 3/2/07. Just in time! She 
sees Parker Shultis Pearson '90, keeps in 
touch with Kathleen Stewart Flippen '90 
and Heather Service Clayton, but can't 
wait to see everyone at the 20th reunion 
with Vance in tow! 

I (Mamie Farmer Farley) enjoyed 
writing these notes! Thanks to everyone 
who emailed me, how did anyone do 
this without email? I enjoyed catching up 
with so many classmates. The memories 
of last spring's reunion are still fresh; 
it was definitely a weekend to cherish. 
Husband Matthew and I stay busy with 
our 3 children, Miller (8), Harry (6) and 
Joanie (3) at various sport and school 
events. We're crazy-busy and loving it! 
He's a trusts and estates Lawyer here in 
Richmond, VA, where he grew up. Just a 
reminder that Karen Hott has graciously 
agreed to serve as class president and 
Vickie Campo Byrd and I share the 
duties of secretary. So if you have any 
news you would like to share in the next 
SBC alumnae magazine, email one of us. 
Happy 2007! 


Kimberly Olmstead Calhoun 
545 Highbrook Dr 
Atlanta, GA 30342 


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335 Radnor Chester Rd 
Villanova, PA 19085 

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Mary-Linda "Molly" Morris 
6452 Cranston Way 
Dublin, Ohio 43017 

Hello 1994! I hope everyone is happy and 

Vinca Swanson hitched a ride to DC 
after Reunion '04 with Rosemary Ratliff 
and Heather Roby, where she met Patti 
Geets and her new husband (who she 
claims is red and tall.) She spent last year 
sanding, painting, and building fixtures for 
the store she owns in downtown Seattle, 
called Swerve. It sells music, movies, 
games; they plan to have live music and 
art installations, www.swerveseattle. 
com . She still coaches numerous sports, 
enjoys hiking and skiing, and planning 
world domination. Liz Gilgan works for 
the Archaeological Institute of America, 
runs public education outreach programs 
to spread the word of archaeology. She 
sees Lia DeSimone Colbert when she 
and her girls (Amaliah and Lilah) visit 
her brother outside Boston. Elizabeth 
Jenkins Bush and husband Matthew 
welcomed 2nd son, Henry James Bush 
in 8/05. His big laugh reminds her of 
her mother. He joins big brother Clay. 
She loves Savannah and being close to 
sister Margaret '97. Allison Vollmer 
Douglass and husband William are 
in Pelham Manor, NY. Kate (5) started 
kindergarten and Abby (2) started 
preschool. She joined her father in their 
antiques and fine arts appraisal business. 
She makes her own hours, a welcome 
change from the world of publishing. 

Laura Greene Silsbee and Mead 
welcomed baby boy Parker on 7/1/06. 
"We're great. I had a fling with AH 
Chance, Heather Stevens Wine and 
Patti Hathaway before he was born. 
We're reliving college memories on Fripp 
Island, SC this summer, a great time." 
She also sees Wendy Wall Nace since 
they're both in Birmingham. Caitlin 
Sundby Russell will get a Masters in 
Nutrition at GA State, and plans to go into 

private practice after graduation and an 
internship. She goes part-time so she can 
spend as much time with Eva Doxie as 
she can. She and Scott are amazed by 
her curiosity, can't wait to show her SBC. 
Her room isn't pink and green yet, but 
she squeezes in subtle "hints" wherever 
she can. She sees Lucia Marks Kern, 
Karen Hott. and Stephanie Frost for 
regular get-togethers in Atlanta. 

After 5 years of togetherness, Kathy 
May Ciofulo and Mark tied the knot 
5/28/06 outside Frederick, MD, his 
hometown. Alex Stewart Manwarren 
and Imo Slade were in the wedding 
party, other SBC alums attended. They 
honeymooned in Grand Cayman, where 
they had to seek shelter from Alberto, 
the first tropical storm of the season! 
The summer was rough; losing a pet and 
a dear friend. The latter had a hidden 
blessing; it put her back in touch with 
long-lost SBC friends. In 9/06, she 
visited Alex Manwarren and husband 
Adam in IN to meet newborn son Tyler. 
Erin "Tashie" Currier Whipple is in 
Yarmouth, ME. She enjoys life with her 
husband and 3 wonderful daughters, 
Quincy (5), Chloe (3), and Macy (1), and 
Jack Russell terrier. She's a research 
manager for a small market research firm 
in Portland. She hopes life will be less 
hectic so she can see everyone soon. 
(Tashie — plan for '09!) Courtney O'Dea 
Plaisted welcomed Abigail Elizabeth, 
7/8/06. She joins twin brothers and the 
beagles! Her husband is now the in- 
house counsel for Food Lion in Salisbury, 
MD. They live outside Charlotte, in 
Concord. Courtney will continue to work 
part-time as a pediatric oncology nurse. 

Amy Davis's first book is due to 
be published! An academic book, Good 
Girls and Wicked Witches: Women in 
Disney's Feature Animation, is based 
on research for her Ph.D. Now that it's 
finished, Amy is pleased to move on to 
new projects. She's in regular contact 
with Cara Gunther Waterhouse, and 
got to meet her adorable twin daughters. 
Kim Bramley Estep is taking over her 
father's business; she's alone at work 
most days, but the commercial mortgage 
industry is booming, keeps her busy. 
Morgan (6) is in kindergarten this year, 
and Ryleigh (5) is in Jr. Kindergarten. 
Kelleigh Smith Sommer's son Sam is 
in first grade. She went part-time when 
Sam started kindergarten, loves it. She's 
living in Bulverde and working in Boerne, 
TX. She stays in contact with Caitlin 
Sundby Russell and Betsy Lanard via 
email, but is one of the class members 
who would like to hear from Mary Ellen 
Horner Haggard. (Mary Ellen-please 
contact me, and I'll get you in touch with 
people who want to find you!) 

Katie Blaik James finished her year 
as president of the Jr. League in OKC 
and closed her law practice. She went 
on a long road trip with John, Conner (7) 

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and Jack (4) to SD, then started a new 
job as the Dir. of Development at the OK 
School of Science and Mathematics, 
and moved to a new house. She's 
adjusted to her new career and taking a 
nap. I communicate with her often and 
appreciate her no-nonsense legal career 
advice. Heather Roby is in DC, working 
as a training manager at KPMG. She sees 
Dorothy Bailey and Kim Szuszczewicz 
Snead often. Renovations are finished 
on her new condo in Brookland, she's 
trying to figure out if the crime camera 
across the street is good or bad. Dorothy 
Bailey and Andy moved to Potomac, 
MD. He works at a small animal clinic 
in Germantown, and she started a job 
with the FDA, really enjoys it. They 
keep in touch with Heather Roby, 
Kim Szuszczewicz Snead and Jodi 
Szuszczewicz McGee. living in the 
area. She visited Christy Young McCain 
in SC last Sept. She now has 2 baby boys 
under the age of 1 ! She's tired, looks 
great, and is well. 

Tysha Calhoun Stroka works 
with a producer in Austin to complete 
her cd. The process is moving more 
slowly than she'd like. In the meantime, 
Ty has started work again. She works 
for Social Security as a disability 
specialist evaluating medical records 
and administers program guidelines to 
individuals applying for disability. It's 
challenging and fun, feels good to know 
she's helping someone in need. She 
works with Pat to lower greenhouse 
gas emissions by carpooling to work 
with her husband. It makes her "tree- 
hugging heart smile to know that." She 
encourages anyone visiting the Austin 
area to give her a call; she'd love to give 
a kayak tour of the pristine San Marcos 

Katherine Schupp Zeringue 
works for FEMA in recovery efforts in 
New Orleans. She's the Archaeology 
Team Lead for the Historic Preservation 
Group. She claims the job is one of the 
best she's ever had, despite the fast 
pace, stress, and lack of personal time. 
New Orleans is in a state of destruction, 
there's still "a very long way to go." 
She claims that as "job security." She 
managed a few trips to the beach to kick 
back and relax, and on a trip to DC for 
work, she got herself caught up in the 
Smithsonian exhibitions. Cara Gunther 
Waterhouse and her husband Rob 
are busy parents to fraternal twin girls, 
Georgina Beatrice and Charlotte Rose, 
born 5/30/05. Last Easter, they visited 
Disney world with Amy Davis. Cara and 
Rob love being parents so much that they 
plan to expand their family. She'd love to 
hear from her SBC friends. 

Jodi Szuszczewicz McGhee 
and husband Bryan celebrated their 
12th wedding anniversary last Oct. 
Jodi home schools children Megan (8) 
and Garrett (6), loves it. She says, "If 

you're a mom excited about your child's 
first steps, wait until he or she starts 
to read or better yet, do multiplication 
and word problems!" She spends free 
time with horse Havanna. She and 
family live in Haymarket, VA, near sister 
Kim Szuszczewicz Snead. She sees 
Dorothy Bailey and Heather Roby 
several times each year, looks forward 
to Memorial Day with Kim, Heather, 
Dorothy, Christy Young McCain, Alice 
Windham and their families. 

I spent the last year at Capital U. Law 
School and earned a paralegal certificate. 
It was an intense year, but it opened 
my eyes to the possibility of law school. 
Now I'm just trying to find a job! For a 
break in Aug., I went to DC for a girl's 
weekend with Hilarie Wakefield Dayton 
'95. Had a great time shopping, and 
visiting museums while her mother-in-law 
and husband took care of Christopher, a 
nice break for both of us. In Nov., I spent 
a weekend in Philly, and caught up with 
Betsy Lanard and adorable daughter 


Holly Miller Mallos 
14 Barrow Court 
Towosn, MD 21204 

Thanks for all the notes; you make my 
job so easy. For those of you not receiving 
updates or reminders, please email 
me with new information. Many emails 
bounce back. I want to ensure you're all 
in the loop! 

Katie Maxwell Schellhammer's 
house and sanity survived a long winter 
with energetic boys Max (3%) and Will 
(1 W). Winter doldrums were eased 
by weekly playdates with Mary Byrd 
Schroder Braun's son Drew and his 
nanny, as well as Heather Aspinwall s 
updates about her love life. Katie says 
Heather had a fun year! Katie was sad 
when Holly Elkins Marshall and 
husband Stephen sold their home across 
the street and moved to Richmond. For 
the first time in 1 5 years, they're in 
different towns. Holly's daughter Madison 
turned one on 3/30/07 and is a mini- 

Beverly Stone Dale writes, "Jeff 
and I excitedly await the arrival of our 
first child due the end of May. I have had 
LOTS of fun decorating and organizing 
the nursery. Teaching continues to go 
well, but after baby Dale's arrival, I'll take 
a break to concentrate on motherhood. 
Look forward to seeing Bergen Hall 
Daley and Gwen Babcock Hickey and 
families as they trek South for a long 
weekend, mid. Apr," 

Gwen Hickey Babcock is excited 
for Beverley's baby to arrive! Gwen 

and daughter Kaeden hope for a girl! 
Gwen can't believe Kaeden will be 5 on 
9/30/07! Her troublesome back is her 
other "baby" right now (she has a name 
for it, but said it couldn't be printed here!) 
Also on the baby front, Carson Scheppe 
Hobby had a son, Henry Lawson Hobby 
12/18/06. Maren Howard Legget and 
husband Peter are godparents. Maren 
and Peter will go to Jacksonville Easter 
weekend for the Baptism and to enjoy 

A lot of moving and home buying in 
'95. Cat Ehlen wrote as she closed on 
a 2-bedroom condo in Boston's Navy 
Yard! Cat's still in shock that she bought 
the condo, and doesn't know what to do 
first. As a high-end residential designer 
for a design/build firm in Boston, she's 
used to putting places together, now 
she's her own client! In Jan., Cat went 
to New Orleans to see Kat Madden 
Pearl, husband Rich, and "super puppy," 
Maggie. Cat says Kat is well; it was 
great to catch up, relax and reminisce 
about SBC. Cat's also seen Sisi Carroll 
Zirkle '93 in Boston, and sons William 
(1 5 mos.) and Andrew (3 mos.). Cat 
said let her know if you're up her way, 
she'd love to see you! Another person 
in the midst of a big move is Kristina 
Pody Hibdon. They're not going far, 
but have all the hassles. The pay-off is 
huge. The new house will have a pool, 
less yard work. Her job is great, and the 
company is growing (a state leader). 
She credits SBC for her confidence to 
make necessary changes in her career 
even if they're not "mainstream" ideas. 
Trish Webb also moved, she's back in 
Santa Barbara, an Operations Manager 
at Morgan Stanley. Finally on the moving 
front, Lisa Buckingham Darr, husband 
Mike, and girls Maddie (2)4) and Meghan 
(9 mos.) are in the process of moving to 
Richardson, TX. They've been in Ml for 8 
years, thoroughly enjoyed it. This summer, 
she and Mike celebrate their 1 2-year 
anniversary. Lisa will celebrate 2 years of 
being a stay-at-home mom. 

Kelly Hall, in constant motion 
all over globe writes, "I spent the fall 
teaching college classes on the U.S.S. 
Mason, a destroyer in the Mediterranean 
and the Persian Gulf. I had 2 great port 
visits to Croatia and Athens, and got to 
visit an aircraft carrier." 

From Louisville, Kimberly Roda 
Morehead writes, "we're doing great, 
getting ready to do the insane. Taking kids 
Georgia (4) and Claire (1) to DisneyWorld, 
the "Happiest Place on the Earth!" I'll let 
everyone know if that's true when (if?) 
we return. I work more hours than I want 
to, still at ITAA. But it gives me a break 
from the 100th game of CandyLand and 
playing My Pretty Ponies!" 

Also in Louisville, Molly Becherer 
Hasty completed her fellowship in 
Pediatric Emergency Medicine last 
summer. She's glad to be "home" in KY 

and enjoys being around family and old 
friends. She works in the emergency 
department at the children's hospital, 
Louisville. Her husband enjoys work 
as a district sales manager for a 
pharmaceutical company. Daughter Lucy 
(3) is thrilled to have a baby brother, due 
July. Lastly, Molly writes, "The news of 
Mary Byrd's death was such a tragic 
reminder of life's fragility. I cherish the 
memories and friendships I made at SBC. 
I hope everyone is fulfilled and loved." 

Jane Rabadi is beginning her 
1 1th year in Denver and living with 
partner Shannon Daut and 5 cats. In 
12/07, Jane will graduate with her BFA 
in Communication Design. She works 
at a design studio and nonprofit arts 
organization. "I miss my dear friend, Lynn 
McEachern '96, who passed away this 
last Nov.; she was very special to me!" 

Megan Maltby still lives in 
Richmond with dog Chili, works at VCU 
Medical Center as a clinical social worker 
for the Heart Transplant/ Heart Failure 
Programs. She's working toward her 
LCSW and published 2 research articles 
with her transplant nurse coordinators. 
She saw Eleanor "Snora" Dickinson 
at her art exhibit. Megan says Snora is 
an amazing artist and looks forward to 
seeing more of her work. 

Sarah Young Bass writes, 
"Greetings from the Rockies! I don't 
have much to report. I'm loving married 
life. Mike and I will celebrate our 3 year 
anniversary this year. We hosted a trip 
to Lake Tahoe. Karn Henderson came 
and we had a blast! I see Lesley Byers 
Bush '94 often. She and I enjoyed a 
girl's weekend at The Broadmoor resort. 
I'm consulting here and there, HR and 
recruitment. Otherwise, staying busy with 
Junior League volunteer projects and 
working on our house." 

Margaret Bruha joined Abbott 
Laboratories as a Business Analyst. 

Lucile Page Martin runs a few "side 
businesses." Lucile writes, "When I'm 
not busy teaching cardio-pole dancing 
in my home studio, I'm pageant training 
with Mary (1), will be much easier once 
she can walk. Carter is learning to mow 
the grass before his 3rd birthday and 
has been assaulting lots of little girls on 
the playground. Bud is excited and proud 
of his family's endeavors. I'm looking 
forward to following Akon on his southern 
tour for a few weeks (and hoping to party 
with fellow Vixens)." 

As for me, I met with Cathy 
Cummings in Baltimore in Mar. Son 
Walker (3) is obsessed with her, always 
thrilled to see "Aunt Cathy." During her 
visit here, she received a call from sister 
Christen Cummings '97 announcing 
engagement to longtime boyfriend Greg. 
Cathy continues to train, train, train. If 
you ever feel guilty for not exercising, 
hang out with Cathy. She runs, bikes, and 
swims enough for our whole class. She 

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Spring/Summer 2007 • 57 

has been around the globe running in 
marathons, J4 marathons, and is training 
for another ironman-type event, Jun, 
She's at Bank of America and has a big 
fat title (SVP, I believe). 

Hope y'all have a happy, healthy 


Miss Janeen Sharma 
4729 Spine Road Unit E 
Boulder, CO 80301 

Mrs. Amy Daugherty Michel 
81855 E. Smooth Sumac Lane 
Tucson, AZ 85710 

Sadly, I report the loss of Lynn 
McEachern. Lynn is dearly missed by 
fellow classmates. In her honor, let's 
treat everyday as a gift. Our love and 
thoughts are with Lynn and our heartfelt 
condolences go to her family. 

Lisa Aumiller expects her 3rd 
child, 9/07. Quin (4) and Joli Mae (2) are 
excited, looking forward to the new baby. 
Like Joli, the baby will be born at home! 
Lisa landed an "Ask the Vet Column" in 
the local newspaper and is a partner of 
the practice where she has worked for 
8 years. 

Robin Bettger Fishburne and Joe 
have daughter Gibbs (2). "We're still 
in Greenville, SC, love being parents. 
Gibbs's godmother, Sarah Bucciero Betz 
'98, spoils her rotten. Missing Mary Byrd 
Schroeder Braun '95 very much. 

Lee Foley Dolan and husband Duke 
are doing great in Richmond, VA. They 
enjoy a busy spring with Henry (5) and 
Mattie (2 1 /2). Lee is busy, involved with 
the Children's Museum of Richmond 
and plans to travel with Laura Lechler 
to CA in Jun. to see Mary Copeland 
Dellinger, Natalie Brown Adee and 
Annie Pankoski Sherman. Should be a 
fun girl's getaway! 

Victoria Gadja HartweH's wedding 
and honeymoon last May were beautiful! 
Victoria and husband Jehmal expect their 
first baby, a son, 5/27/07! They're very 
excited. Their family is growing as her 
husband brought Devon (13) and Olivia 
(9) into the marriage. They're excited 
about baby. Victoria's Mom can't wait to 
meet her new grandson! Victoria keeps 
in touch with Linda Towers, who will be 
there for the birth and will affectionately 
be Auntie Linda. Working as a nurse and 
planning for their baby's arrival has kept 
Victoria busy! They also have 4 Siberian 
Huskies and 2 Persian cats prepare for 
the arrival! Victoria and Jehmal plan a 
Spring Break trip in Mar. to Disney World 
to meet friends they haven't seen since 
the wedding. Last but not least is the 

long-awaited release of Pirates of the 
Caribbean 3— At World's End; it comes 
out 2 days before Victoria's due date 
and barring any complications she'll 
be there! 

April Collins Potterfield writes: 
"we stiil live in Columbia, MO; Russell 
manages his business. I'm still an 
Assistant Professor at Westminster 
Coll. Benjamin is beautiful, joyful and 
awe-inspiring. We recently traveled to 
Seoul, South Korea where Benjamin 
and I stayed during winter term. I taught 
Biology at Duksung Women's U. there. It 
was fabulous; Benjamin was a hit with 
the locals; he was there for 5 weeks and 
learned a bit of the language. Somehow 
he landed his photo in the Chosun Times 
of Seoul. He's ready to return; we miss 
the food and the kindness. We haven't 
seen any SBC friends since reunion, 
desperately wish there were another 
reunion this year." 

Abigail Phillips Hinga and husband 
Sean moved to Denver after 10 years 
in Washington DC. They're thrilled to be 
close to their families, Laura Powell '97, 
and myself (We're excited to have Abby 
and Sean here!). They'd love to have 
people visit and ski! 

Jennifer Trzupek Pala writes: "our 
basement is back in order after the flood 
that hit in Sept.! Holidays were wonderful; 
I was informed that a fellow SBCer 
Amanda Diamond Ring '98 expects her 
2nd child in Mar. '07! As for my children, 
Harrison will start his first soccer league 
in spring and in fall, he'll attend preschool 
at my alma mater grade school. Carter 
will be hanging out with mom and dad 
on the sidelines cheering for big brother 
as he awaits his turn on the soccer field! 
I'm involved in local social clubs and 
pondering taking a photography course 
to pursue a dream of being an amateur 
photographer, specializing in infant and 
young children's photographs. Best 
wishes to classmates who've given birth 
or are on the road of pregnancy! Enjoy 
every minute! 

Susan Whitehead-Froehlich and 
husband anxiously await the arrival of 
their first child! A boy, Caden James, due 
2/6/07. Everything now revolves around 
baby! They hope to move to a new house 
closer to Susan's parents for a babysitter 
close by! Susan still works at the River 
Ridge Mall in marketing and getting ready 
to set up the Easter decor. 

Amy Daugherty Michel and Sam 
welcomed firstborn son Xander Joseph 
Michel 3/9/07 after a fast 6-hour labor! 
He weighed 7 lbs., 0.7 oz. and was 20 
in. long. Amy and Sam fell instantly and 
overwhelmingly in love, and of course 
think he is perfect. Some of Xander's 
first SBC visitors were aunties Paige 
Vaught Campion and Mary Copeland 
Dellinger. Amy sends sincerest thanks 
to Janeen for taking over class notes this 
time. Paige is doing great; her 2nd child 

due in 8/07. Paige visited SBC, 2/07 with 
daughter Ellie (3) and her Mom for the 
annual trip. SBC looked great as usual. 
Amy hopes to see lots of her dear friends 
this year and next. 

Life in Boulder is excellent. When I'm 
not busy working as a Human Factors 
Engineer or with school, I enjoy the 
beautiful mountains of CO. I'm thrilled 
that more and more SBCers are migrating 
to the area. In winter, I was lucky enough 
to spend a month in India, look forward 
to more interesting adventures to 
come! It was also a recent treat to have 
Joanne Hopkins '98 in town. I welcome 
visitors! Class of '96, thank you for your 
contributions. I hope life is treating each 
of you kindly. 


Kerri Ann Rawlings Burtner 
601 N Rosina Ave 
Somerset, PA 15501-1327 


Cynthia Bumgardner Puckett 
183 Country Mill Lane 
Stockbridge, GA 30281 

tf&rUen, 2008: Tflop 16-18, 2008 

Hello, Friends! Reunion plans are 
underway. You'll hear from the Reunion 
Hospitality Committee (RHC) in Aug! Our 
1 0th yr Reunion is May 1 6-1 8, 2008; we 
don't want anyone left out! Please update 
your contact info on the SBC Alumnae 
web site. Contact me with questions. 

Emily vlrkus Calle works full-time 
at a ballroom dance studio and training 
for spring competitions in Las Vegas. 
At work, she ran into Blake Potter and 
fiance. Dana Bordvick Poleski is Dir. of 
Marketing and Communications at United 
Way of Central, VA and wears many hats 
with a diverse range of responsibilities. 
Her freelance graphic arts business 
has picked up with a new client, a local 
jewelry company, and an "old friend," 
her former employer, Amazement Square 
Children's Museum. Things are busy 
on the farm for her and husband Mark. 
They're constructing 2 riding rings: a 
round pen and a small dressage arena. 

On 9/16/06 in Spain Leslie Farinas 
married Roberto Lopez, an arts major 
in Medieval Studies who has an import 
company. They live in Zaragoza. Blake 
Potter, Maleka Newsome, Leigh Wilson 
'97 and Christina Stanton '97 attended. 
Leslie is finishing medical school a la 
Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain. Darelle 

Pfeiffer and Tim Briggs (same guy dated 
at SBC) married, 1 1/1 1/06, in Brielle, NJ. 
Mamie Tokaruk Bates, Kindle Samuel 
Barkus, Astrid Liverman, and Nicole 
Kelleher-Linkonis '97 attended. 

Tonya Grudier Montgomery and 
Katie Martin vacationed together in 
Jamaica, 1 1/06. They had fun even 
though it rained the entire time! Tonya 
is the Associate Dean of Student Life at 
Oldfields School (girls boarding school N 
of Baltimore). Joanne Hopkins visited 
with Janeen Sharma '96 in Boulder, CO 
while on a business trip. Joanne also 
spent 2.5 weeks in New Zealand and 
Australia with friends. She completed a 
2.8 km open water swim there, enjoyed 
hiking and snorkeling. Astrid Liverman 
went to Peru in Mar. to hike the Inca trail 
up to Macchu Picchu and then moved 
to Kailua, Oahu, HI in Apr. for summer 
(perhaps longer!). "It's a wild, bold, crazy, 
and wonderful move I'm making to go be 
with new beau Taylor." In Apr, she had a 
lecture engagement at Wesleyan U„ CT 
to present dissertation research. 

Lisa Williams ran the London 
marathon in Apr. to raise money for 
charity. She traveled Thailand and Europe 
earlier this year, hopes to see US friends 
this summer. "No man, no babies, no 
plans. I think London men aren't so hot 
on commitment and family life, that, or 
I have green scales under my clothes!" 
Stephanie Belk Loter lives in Wake 
Forest, NC with husband Tom and pets. 
She wants to start a family soon and to 
change careers from horse vet to dog 
rehabilitation vet and acupuncturist. 
"Unfortunately, I haven't kept in touch, 
but would love to talk to old friends 
again." Laura Fitton Pieper, is the arts 
and entertainment reporter for the Ames 
Tribune (N of Des Moines, IA and home 
to IAU where husband Nathane went to 
school). "Go Cyclones! I'll finally be a 
feature writer rather than just 'newsroom 

Mary Ann Bennett LOVES being 
stay-at-home mom (SAHM) to Cora (2) 
and Liam (4). She started a side business 
making wreaths out of wine corks, it's 
beginning to take off. She sees Susan 
Aronhalt frequently, who works at UVA 
Hospital as a social worker, orthopedic/ 
trauma unit. Cyndi Hague Hineline 
loves being a SAHM to Alex (1 ), working 
as a Tupperware Consultant on the side. 
There hasn't been time for theatre since 
his birth, except for Treasury duties, but 
next season looks promising. She keeps 
in touch with Kelli Rogowski '99, who 
designed a beautiful mural for Alex's 
nursery! Melissa Rothwell Pembrooke 
is a busy SAHM to Sarah (5) and Petey 
(2) in SW Philadelphia. She teaches piano 
lessons, volunteers as a Daisy Girl Scout 
Leader and homeroom mom, and attends 
a women's Bible study. She is in contact 
with Anne Smith Culver and Andrea 
Sheetz McCarney 

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Mary Lea Harris Martin hangs 
out with Anne-Claire Wackenhut and 
Courtney Totushek Brown '97. She will 
attend Angela Walton's '99 wedding in 
Annapolis, Jun. She keeps in contact with 
Astrid. (She and I are jealous of Astrid's 
move to HI!) Anne-Claire wrote in from 
Urbino, Italy (where she did her JYA) 
visiting sister Celeste '08 studying there 
this year. Anne-Claire is "looking back 
with fond memories on many favorite 
spots." She will be an aunt on 5/29/07 
to the 1 st baby of sister Sophie '02. She 
hopes to spend time getting to know 
"the little munchkin" in Atlanta over the 
summer break from school. Emily Pegues 
'00 helped Anne-Claire celebrate her 
30th birthday, and Anne-Claire visited 
with Mary Lea to meet baby Claire. She 
attended a SBC happy hour where she 
saw Britt Sheinbaum and Allison 

Cady Thomas is in touch with 
Susan Barney Lindsay Culp Serena 
Putegnat. Tara Putegnat '00. Bronwyn 
Beard Katie Martin, Elizabeth Davis 
Baker '00 and looks forward to Emily 
Busse's wedding in Aug. Cady's cousin 
Megan Thomas Rowe '01 had a baby that 
Cady can't wait to turn into a future SBC 
grad! Lindsay is starting law school at GA 
State, Atlanta. Serena is still in Brownsville, 
TX working as legal counsel at the LIT at 
Brownsville. She can't wait to see everyone 
at reunion and notes that Angela Elliott 
Merrick's new son is a darling! 

Shelley Shreve Oliver and 
Jasper enjoy parenting Loren Oliver, 
III (2 in Sept.). Shelley works with a 
pharmaceutical company, enjoys it. "I 
love the balancing act of motherhood 
and work! Always the SBC grad, multi- 
tasking!" In Norcross, GA. Monica 
Brown and husband of 3 years Al expect 
their first baby this summer. She is spring 
cleaning and preparing the nursery. 
She left her position at the Art Institute, 
and now assists Al with a nonprofit 
organization he started. She lunches with 
Cole Shanholtz '06 occasionally who 
works in Marietta. 

Chantel Bartlett manages the 
scholarship program in DC. She 
quadrupled participation from h. s. 
seniors in one year! Chantel visited 
Candice Broughton Maillard. LA in 
Jan. for a long weekend. "It was so fun 
to catch up and get to know her boys" 
(Everest & Judah). Richard (Candice's 
husband) was ordained as their church's 
youth pastor while Chantel was there. 
Candice is involved in church activities. 
Chantel's jewelry business is growing. 
Inventory was nearly depleted over 
Christmas. "I'm working to add to the 
collection and finding new ways to 
promote myself." Chantel reconnected 
with Melia Childress di Kodani 
Melissa Coffey, Alicia King '97, 
Gretchen Gravley Tucker and Darrell 
Pfeiffer at the SBC Advisory Council 

Weekend. Melissa did a wonderful job 
organizing the event. Gretchen Sowash 
'98 (Turning Point) was on campus for 
the councils. Go '98! We had a great 
turn-out! Amazing things are happening 
for SBC girls! 

As for myself, Darrin has a new job, 
we're in transit. I'm leading a Bible study, 
keeping home, and working on our 10th- 
yr Reunion and Annual Fund. Virginia 
(2) will have a baby brother in Aug. and 
we're adapting to our "new normal." 
Cady Thomas Anna Meres Wade 
and Kelsey Larus co-chair the RHC with 
me. Contact us if you have any great 
ideas or wish to volunteer. See you in 

BABY NEWS: Nichi Benson Knox 
and husband birthed Robert David, 
6/9/06. Nichi teaches full-time in 
Nashville while Mom watches baby. 
Kathy Rong Jiang Muliadi and 
husband welcomed baby Brandon River 
into their family, 1 1/1/06. Gretchen 
Gravley Tucker and husband Scott 
birthed Gracen Ainsley, 1 1/22/06. And 
T.C. Weisman Kennedy and husband 
Burke welcomed Anastasia Constanze, 
1 1/27/06. They call her Stasi. T.C. sent in: 
"Now, nearly 4 mos. old [Stasi's] favorite 
outfit is Pink and Green! I'm doing well 
and son [Loki] just turned 2 in Mar. My 
how time flies." Katherine Claire was 
born to Mary Lea Martin Harris, Geoff, 
and Emma (4) on 2/21/07. And Angela 
Elliott Merrick and husband welcomed 
new son Elliott in Feb. Asher Caleb 
Ring was born, 3/30/07 at 5:31pm to 
Amanda Diamond Ring and husband. 
"We giggled, laughed, and joked from 
beginning through pushing!" 

EXPECTING BABIES in 2007: Natalie 
Lindfors Recupero, Monica Brown, 
Cynthia Bumgardner Puckett, and Kelly 
Bowman Greenwood. 


Ms. Lindsey Neef Kelly 
15012 Ashby Way East 
Carrollton, VA 23314 

Kim Bolz-Andolshek is having a great 
time with Kate (4) and Leo (2). This is her 
4th year of the school board in Pequot 
Lakes, MN. She visited roommate Katie 
Leeming Sparkman in Feb. when she 
flew to MN for Kim's big 30th b-day party, 
80's style. 

Rachel Bratlie and husband Chris 
well in Charleston, SC. Rachel is finishing 
her 3rd year of psychiatry residency, will 
serve as Chief Resident during her final, 
4th year. After residency, they plan to 
move back to CA. 

Amy Gibbs Brown moved to 
Boulder, CO for her husband's post-doc. 
She expects her 2nd son, 5/07. She 

misses the east coast, hopes to move 
back after Kenton's post-doc. 

Aracelie Castro purchased her first 
new home in Alexandria, VA. She still 
works for Dept. of Defense doing budget 

Sara Catherine Clyburn Corbett 
lives and works in Pittsburgh. She 
attended graduate school for a year, 
but then went back to work in college 
admissions. She is employed by Carlow 
IL, a women's college in Pittsburgh. 
Husband Courtney is completing a Ph.D. 
at U. Pitt, serves as adjunct faculty in the 
Sociology dept. No plans for kids, 2 dogs, 
and 2 cats are enough. 

Sarah Dean has worked for a non- 
profit public interest law firm, Public 
Justice, in DC. She'll move from Adams 
Morgan neighborhood to Glover Park in 
Apr. She had dinner with Kristine Bria in 
NYC, and met Amy Jo Downing Pitts s 
new son Charlie. 

Brenda Elze's mom passed in Feb. 
Jill Stromberg drove up to stay with her. 
Brenda is grateful for her friendship as 
well as all SBC sisters who have written 
and called. She went on a much needed 
vacation with her boyfriend for his R&R, 
2 weeks in Tahiti and Bora Bora. She's 
getting out of the military this fall (after 
6.5 years) with promising job offers. 

Rachel Barnard Fendley and Bill 
enjoy parenting William Guy Fendley V, 
born 12/20/06. 2 french bulldogs Emma 
and Hogan love him. She's decided not 
to work and to stay at home with Will. 
Paige Wunder Fadden co-hosted her 
baby shower. 

Ben and Kelly Turney Gatzke 
welcomed daughter Amelia Lynn, 2/1/07. 
Kelly quit her paralegal job of 5 years to 
be home with Amelia, loves it. Ben will 
deploy to Iraq for the 2nd time in May. 
Kelly plans to move with her parents in 
SC during the deployment lasting 18 
months. They hope to get out of Fort 
Stewart, GA after deployment since 
they've lived there since '99, are ready 
for a new post! Kelly was in Sarah 
Elkins Ince's wedding last summer and 
saw many classmates at SBC for the 

Krista Wigginton Gravatt and 
Latham had 2nd son Carter on Halloween 
'06. They live in Belleville, Ml. Krista is 
about to finish her MSW at U of Ml. 

Kris Harris works for 
PricewaterhouseCoopers, nonprofit group 
in the DC area. After years of avoiding 
it, she finally passed the CPA exam. 
She's finding her work rewarding and 
is excited to head to a humanitarian aid 
project site in Honduras in Apr. for the 
same client she went down to Peru last 
year this time. She's excited about all the 
babies this year and was happy to meet 
Katie Leeming Sparkman and Melissa 
Henning Hill's little ones and looks 
forward to a trip to Lynchburg to see Tina 
Hansel Snover's new baby. Hopefully 

Tina's new baby will have the same love 
for yummy yummy sauce from Kyotos! 

Melissa Henning Hill and husband 
Barrett had baby Owen on 1 2/1 5/06. Life 
has changed for Melissa since, as she 
"retired" from her job in event planning 
at Textron and is now enjoying life as full 
time mother. 

Donna Hoogland Harwood is still 
living in Charles City, VA teaching children 
with autism in Henrico County, VA. 

Sean and Lindsey Neef Kelly 
welcomed first child Catherine Juliet 
Kelly, 3/1/07. Catherine weighed 8 lbs., 
2 oz., and mom and dad are pleased to 
report she's happy and healthy (and, of 
course, beautiful, intelligent, and a future 
Vixen). Lindsey is on maternity leave for 
6 weeks, and while she'll be sad to drop 
Catherine off in day care, looks forward 
to returning to work at Glasser and 
Glasser, PLC, in Norfolk, where she runs 
foreclosure sales all overVA. 

Derek and Valerie Roche Kite 
expect a baby boy in Jul. 

Jennie Lee is back from Seoul 
Korea, moved to sunny Los Angeles. She 
is engaged to Joon Baick and will marry 

Meghan Pollard Leypoldt keeps 
busy with her Masters in Women's 
Studies at Duke and her work in 
admissions at The Duke MBA. For work, 
she traveled to China, South Korea, 
Japan, England, Hungary, Greece, and 
Turkey. In summer, Meghan will spend 3 
weeks in Italy for her graduate program 
studying gender imagery represented 
in art and architecture. In Mar., she 
had a huge 30th birthday party and 
was joined by Isabel Jean-Pierre '98 
and Brandi Whitley Hilder. Meghan 
spent a weekend with Sarah Kingsley 
Foley and met her son Cole. She also 
saw Megan Butt Glover and Ann 
McDonald Carter '97 there. Meghan 
and her husband Steve continue to love 
married life and will celebrate their 5th 
anniversary, 4/27/07. If anyone is NC, 
please visit! 

Returning from Germany. Jen 
Schmidt Major spent 2 years in 
Philadelphia, PA running the Wharton 
Kids Club while husband Mike (USMA 
'99) earned his MBA. After graduation, 
Jen and Mike moved to Buffalo. NY, 
where they bought their first house. Jen 
and sisters Abby Schmidt '00 and Kim 
Schmidt Miscavage '01 participated 
in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund 
Walk this fall to raise money for cancer 
research in honor of their mother. Jen, 
Mike, Anna, and Emily expect their 3rd 
baby in Sept. 

Gina Marie Mondel still shows 
horses on the "A" circuit. This year, she 
formed an LLC for her tutoring business, 
started 8 years ago. Gina tutors children 
that also ride competitively and spend 
much of their time away from school. 
Although there are new horses her life. 

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Woodrow (graduate from SBC) has retired 
from showing; he still travels everywhere 
with Gina — who spends most of the year 
in West Palm Beach FL and summers in 
the north, constantly traveling to shows. 
Gina regularly sees Cara Meade, who 
works in the same barn. 

Emily Sartor Patterson reports 
that Kristin Hard will marry Leland 
Clemmons in 6/07. Emily, Anna 
Carmichael Redding, and Shannon 
Weisenberger Habenicht plant to 
attend. Kristin and Leland live in San 
Francisco, she works as a graphic 
designer. Emily works at Duke Medical 
Center providing therapy to families with 
cancer. Anna is an elem. counselor, keeps 
busy with son Charlie. 

Leslie Stokes will finish her 
Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at 
Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Next 
year she'll finish her MDiv at Candler 
School of Theology, Emory U. She hopes 
to continue with a degree in Art Therapy. 

Lillie Voght Tillar lives in VA Beach, 
VA and has fun staying home with 
daughter Virginia Ames (3) and soon baby 
girl due 4/5/07. 

Lindsay Hicks Watrous married 
Tim Watrous, 1 1/06. They had a small 
wedding and reception with family and 
friends, went on a belated honeymoon in 
Jan. Lindsay lives with Tim and dog Sage 
in west Phoenix, and rents her townhouse 
to her sister. She still works in public 
relations with clients in the commercial 
and residential real estate industry. 


Margaret Elizabeth Davis Baker 
1008 S Walnut Dr 
Smithfield, NC 27577 

Hello, Class of '00! I hope you're having 
a great year. Alicia Hart Palmore and 
husband Michael (HSC '97) welcomed 
Henry Hart Palmore, 6/29/06. All is well 
for the new family. Erin Wright East 
attended Catherine Holswade's ('01) 
wedding in Richmond, VA with Leah 
Solivan Busque '01 . They saw Allison 
Johnson, married and lives in VA 
Beach. Erin sees Sarah Foley Barhight 
'01 and Kris Harris '99. In Apr., Erin and 
son Jack (1 6 mos.) look forward to a 
play date with Alicia and Henry! Anne 
Harper Biard says that even though 
she transferred, she keeps up with 
Noelle Lotano Speedy and Alicia Hart 
Palmore. She graduated from Southern 
Methodist U. in Dallas, TX in 2000 with 
a BBA in Marketing and Spanish. She 
then received her MBA from TX A&M- 
Commerce in '02. Anne worked for 
The Container Store Corp. for 3 years, 
Dallas, then joined her family business 
in '03 as Dir. of Marketing at We Pack 

Logistics in Paris, TX. She married Will 
Biard in 10/04, they expect a baby girl 
this Apr, Susan Bobb reports from 
Leipzig, Germany where she is doing 
research at the Max Planck Institute for 
5 months towards her dissertation. She 
plans to finish her degree, summer '08. 
In Jan., Susan got engaged to boyfriend 
Jamie Michael Clark. They plan a 12/07 
wedding. Susan spent spring break in 
Paris with her fiance where she visited 
with Benedicte Valentine Lemoth, 
husband Alexis, and Remi (3 mos.). Susan 
says Bene is well and both she and Alexis 
are incredible parents. Benedicte and 
her family moved to Maisons-Laffitte, in 
the northwestern suburbs of Paris. Her 
husband quit his engineering job in Oct. 
for theology school. Angelina Alongi 
teaches 7th and 8th grade science at 
Creekwood Middle School in Houston, TX. 
She also helps her mother with a grass- 
fed beef operation at her parents' ranch 
in Franklin, TX. Angelina says the weather 
is nice compared to NY! 

Things are busy in New Orleans for 
Carol Skriloff. She is in school to get 
her MBA at Tulane and travels nonstop 
for work. Carol is excited to attend Renee 
Dupre's wedding in Houston, 6/23/07 
and is hosting her bachelorette party in 
New Orleans. Carol says she had Susana 
Bobadilla '01 down for Mardi Gras when 
"Thomas and I threw a party called 
'Pancakes and Kingcakes!' Also in New 
Orleans, since 2/06, is Allison Davis. 
She works for the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency's Office of 
Intergovernmental Affairs doing liaison 
work with St. Bernard and St. Tammany 
Parishes. Work is challenging, but 
rewarding. Betsy Bagg and Amy Scott 
visited Allison last Oct. They drove to 
Ocean Springs, MS for Germaine 
Gottsche Wilson's wedding party. 
Wendy Bramlett Jolly celebrated with 
them. Wendy and husband Keith expect a 
little girl 7/4/07, so excited! Wendy loves 
her job as a national strategic analyst for 
AstraZeneca and lives in Bel Air, MD. 
Germaine is a dentist in Ocean Springs. 
She and Allison get together often. Amy 
and Allison will be traveling to Las Vegas 
in August to celebrate Betsy's birthday. 
Allison says Vegas won't know what hit it! 
Anne-Ryan Sinnott Craig works at 
James Madison U., enjoys it. She and 
husband Matt will celebrate their 3rd 
anniversary in May and daughter Abigail 
will celebrate her 1 st birthday, 5/1 1 /07! 
She sees Kimberly Earehart Coleman 
and daughter Claire, would love to hear 
from other classmates. Liz Hyland 
Swann and husband Kevin (HSC '01) live 
in MA. She has boys Aaron (5) and 
Brandon (3). She's part-time manager for 
Victoria's Secret, mainly just to get out 
and interact with adults. She keeps in 
touch with Ameka Reeves Cruz '01 , 
Chanel Smith '01 , Meghan Frier '01 , 
Casey Herman, and Nicole Rodriguez. 

Becky Stephenson still teaches 6th 
grade at a private school in Martinsburg, 
WV. Lucy Brooks Thomas married 
Mike, 1 1/18/06 and spent 1 days 
honeymooning in St. Lucia. Leah Brooks 
Waldrip 01, Susan Bobb Christine 
Bump. Ginny Gilbert Smith. 
Evangeline Easterly Taylor. Amanda 
Ankerman, and Elizabeth Puckett '01 
attended the wedding, a fantastic time! 
She and her husband are busy with 
church activities and looking forward 
summer at the lake. Amanda 
Ankerman began her job with the U.S. 
Dept. of State, working in nonproliferation 
and international security issues. The 
commute is longer, but work is satisfying. 
She takes painting and drawing classes 
at her local community center, and 6 of 
her watercolors sold at an auction to raise 
money for child relief effort in Burundi. In 
Mar., Evangeline Easterly Taylor and 
Amanda co-hosted a Premier Designs 
jewelry party. Evangeline hosted one at 
home in Apr. and hopes to see some 
fellow SBCers there. Evangeline is busy at 
her lab in Johns Hopkins, trying to win 
the fight against cancer one experiment 
at a time. She enjoys fixing up the house 
bought last year. Amanda Ankerman 
visited with "almost-engaged" Christine 
Bump and an expectant Marian Spivey 
'01 at a SBC happy hour. As of late Jan. 
'07, Christine is living in her condo again! 
It was completely gutted after 2 floods in 
2/06 and 5/06. She needed new 
everything from walls, cupboards and 
fixtures, to floors and furniture. She 
redesigned it, loves the results. She still 
works long hours as an associate 
attorney, loves food and drug law, but 
shorter days would be nice. Christine was 
in attendance at Lucy Brooks Thomas's 
wedding. Lucy "was a beautiful bride, and 
the wedding was a lot of fun." She still 
sees Lindsay Perkins, though not often 
enough, considering they live in the same 
town. Finally, Christine says that "though 
I'm not yet engaged, I've been dating 'the 
one' for one year now. We are very happy, 
and I hope to report an engagement 
soon!" Katie Wright Thomas gave birth 
to Robert Spencer Thomas, Jr., 5/06. She 
and husband Spencer (HSC '00) moved 
to Statesboro, GA for his new position as 
COO for East GA Regional Medical Center. 
It's only 45 min. from Savannah, love 
their new town. Katie visited with Jackie 
Hauslein Kruchten, husband Jake, and 
daughter Lillie (1). Katie is a stay-at-home 
mom, keeps busy with volunteer work, 
riding and showing horse Ashley. Emily 
Pegues also visited Jackie, and still 
enjoys work at the National Gallery of Art. 
She can do more of what she enjoys, 
including teaching kids and art history 
research. Last fall, she started a small 
business called "CloseKnit," in the 
Alexandria Farmer's Market where she 
sold things she knitted, mainly scarves. It 
started as a lark, but was successful so it 

became a fun little side project! Emily 
sees Jackie Hauslein Kruchten and 

darling little girl Lillie (1) and was the 
"belle of the ball" at her first birthday 
party. Emily sees Anne-Claire Wackenhut 
'98 in DC, but never sees all the DC/ VA 
alumnae as much as she would like! 
Emily saw Prof. Ed Schwarzschild at a 
bookstore where he was on tour 
promoting his book, Responsible Men. It's 
a great book. Rush out and buy a copy! 
SBC students might recognize a familiar 
character or 2 in it! Ashley Hill 
completed her Masters in Landscape 
Architecture from UVA. She was awarded 
the Benjamin C. Howland Traveling 
Fellowship which took her to Brazil in 
Aug. to study development along the BR- 
1 63 highway, which passes the Amazon 
rainforest. Now she's home in Ipswich, 
MA and works for CrosbylSchlessingerlS 
mallridge, a landscape and urban design 
firm in Boston. Ashley represented Sweet 
Briar in the alumni division for the IHSA 
(intercollegiate riding) in fall and will 
continue competitions in spring. It was 
nice to see everyone at the SBC Alumnae 
lunch at the Zebra Room in Cambridge. 
Kimberly Harden Fella and Chad had a 
great early anniversary trip to Jamaica 
over Thanksgiving, spent Christmas and 
New Year's together too. He is stationed 
in Jacksonville (5 hours from their home, 
Macon, GA) and his ship will be on a 6- 
month deployment to Africa beginning in 
mid-May. Before he leaves, Kim will be 
taking a week off work as a school 
counselor so they can travel to Chicago 
for vacation before her brother's wedding 
in MD. Hopefully her summer vacation 
from school without him will pass quickly, 
her parents will be moving to Macon in 
Jul. Nikki Lamm is back from 
performing in France with a new 
company called NY Opera Society. She 
covered the role of Zerlina in Don 
Giovanni and sang in concert. She still 
teaches voice lessons in Northern VA and 
DC and keeps in shape by teaching 
aerobics at the YMCA as well. Mandy 
Rice went to Elizabeth Hamshaw s 
wedding in NH, 9/06. Other guests 
included bridesmaids Kristy Chatham, 
Heather McLeod '99, and Chaavi 
Sharma, and wedding guests Lindsey 
Custer, Melanie Naquin '01 , and Amy 
Whitney '01 . Mandy lives in Louisville, KY 
in a condo she bought a year and a half 
ago with cats Lily and Josephina. She'd 
love to hear from anyone passing 
through. Vlcki Zak Rosenthal and her 
husband moved to Honolulu, HI in 9/05, 
and got married this past Nov. on the 
beach Kate Kenefick, Christian 
Turner York, Sarah Belanger '01 and 
Holly Wilmeth attended the wedding. 
Vicki and her husband honeymooned in 
New Orleans, and made a small trip to 
NYC, Feb. They met with Chris York in 
time to enjoy the cold weather! She 
absolutely loves HI, and hopes everyone 

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is well. Amy Hess Snawder, still in AZ, 
got back from 2 weeks in Germany. 
Husband Jared is deployed to Iraq; she 
spent his 2-week R&R with him in 
Germany. They met in Frankfurt, then 
went on to Heidelburg (on her birthday!), 
Munich, Garmish, and Berlin. Jared 
should be back in Aug. and will relinquish 
company command in Dec. They expect a 
move somewhere then, not sure where. 
Heather Carson still lives in Boston. She 
has close contact with Sarah Bradford 
'01 and Abby Schmidt. She works on 
the SBC Boston Alumnae Club Steering 
commitee with the new Chair, Jen 
Montfort '01 . Heather talks to Amy Hess 
Snawder, but doesn't get to see her 
much, it's a long way from Boston to AZ! 
She is the Office Manager at Flagship 
Ventures in Cambridge. Flagship offers 
venture capital investments in the IT and 
Life Sciences sectors. Heather will begin 
work on my Master's degree in Arts 
Administration in Sept. at Boston U. 
Alison Stockdale will celebrate her 5 
year anniversary working for the federal 
government in Aug. This spring she 
moved to a new position helping other 
federal agencies manage Drug Free 
Workplace Programs. She travels more 
for work and has been to FL, GA, and PA. 
Once she is acclimated to travel, she'll 
call classmates in those areas. Before 
taking the new job, Alison visited Alissa 
Harris in Los Angeles. She says it was so 
cool going to work with her at 20th 
Century Fox; she's pretty sure LA is polar 
opposite of Washington, DC, a nice 
change. Adam and Alison celebrated their 
one-year anniversary in May and are busy 
with home projects. She will visit to SBC a 
couple of times in '07 for her position as 
Young Alumnae Giving Co-Chair. She 
continues to enjoy volunteering (and 
donating!) to SBC and seeing alumnae at 

As for me, Elizabeth Davis Baker I 
was sad to miss Liz Keating Michaels 
wedding to Todd, 3/31/07. Tarrah 
Kehm and Lindsay Perkins were in 
her wedding, lots of SBC girls cheered 
them on. Tarrah calls Brussels, Belgium 
home, but travels all over the world. I 
got a surprise visit over Spring Break 
from Lindsey Brooker Brooks and 
her family! Lindsey, Andy and James (1) 
stopped through Smithfield for lunch on 
the way to Hilton Head. James is the most 
precious little boy, I enjoyed their visit. 
Lindsey plans to stop her full-time job 
teaching middle-schoolers to teach math 
part-time next fall at a local h. s. I also 
heard from Emily McGregor Fenlaw, 
who welcomed baby boy Jett Alexander 
Fenlaw, at 6pm on New Year's Eve! 
Emily, Jay, and Jett are well if cute baby 
pictures are any indication. I'm halfway 
through my Master's in English. Technical 
& Professional Communication at East 
Carolina U., should finish in 12/08. This 
year I celebrate my 5-year anniversary 

with Johnston Community Coil's TRIO 
program and will continue my term as a 
member of the Coll. Foundation's Board 
of Dir. Brian will begin his MBA program 
at ECU in fall and keeps fingers crossed 
that Pepsi will appreciate it! I love hearing 
from you and look forward to more news 
next time! 


Mrs Amanda Wright 
19304 Anna Kate Court 
Pflugerville, TX 78660 
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Kim Schmidt Miscavage will become 
an aunt this summer. Sister Jen '99 is 
pregnant with her 3rd child. Kim received 
her Senior Professional in HR certification, 
is happy to have free time from studying. 
She is earning her SCUBA certification 
and fostering a litter of Pit Bull puppies 
in Schenectady, NY. Kim and husband 
will join Katy Kruschwitz Caricato 
and Peter at Nia Fonow's wedding to 
Matthew Ravenstahl, 8/4/07. Nia will be 
attended by Ariana Wolynec-Werner 
She's excited to be the stepmother to 
Maris (13) and Seth (9) who already 
keep her on her toes. Erin Bronson 
writes that sister Meg is engaged to 
Kyle Braddy from HSC and will marry 
9/22/07! Amy Tabb will marry David 
Wright in 5/07. They're both at Purdue U. 
finishing up degrees. Lori Kovatch will 
marry on 4/28/07 and is lucky to have 
friends from SBC celebrating with her. 
Hillary Herlhey, Christy Holterman 
Ziegler and Alison Brown Breene will 
be in her wedding and Lauren Kaplan 
Megan Tarnowski Gundogdu Tana 
Malm Baber Laurna Katz Jenaire 
Terry Ebeth McGovern Brahn and 
hopefully Amy Mosher Alber and 
Erin Alberda will help Lori celebrate in 
style. In addition to wedding planning, 
Lori is busy telecommuting to NJ for a 
special project and running her fiance's 
Aunt's horse farm, Bella Vista Equestrian 
Center, Litchfield, KY. Lori has lots of 
responsibility, teaches riding, trains 
horses, and competes in 3 Day Eventing. 

Lauren Kaplan is engaged and 
planning a Sept. wedding to Cary Slobin. 
Elizabeth McGovern Brann and Alison 
Brown Breene will be in her wedding and 
daughter Ava Grace will be a flower girl! 

As class notes go to print, Ariana 
Kateryna Wolynec-Werner will have 
graduated from Tulane Law School in 
New Orleans and taken the Louisiana 
bar exam. She visits with Amanda 
Campbell Wright, husband Spencer, 
and daughter Campbell for rest and 
relaxation in Austin, TX. Ariana was 
selected as a Presidential Management 
Fellowship finalist last spring. She was 
also a finalist in Tulane's Intraschool ADR 

Moot Court Tournament (one more round 
to go). In her spare time, she builds with 
Habitat for Humanity. 

Brianne Harvey Kennedy and 
husband Richard relocated to SC. Brianne 
took a break from teaching to stay at 
home with sons Tripp (2) and Trevor (1). 

Erin Alberda continues on her quest 
for the '08 Paralympics with the selection 
Trials for the '07 World Championships 
in May! 

Angela Aiken Cameron was 
married in 5/06 and will finish her 
Master's in Social Work at the U. of MD, 
Baltimore, 5/07. 

Jennifer Montfort moved to Boston 
in Jun. and is an administrative assistant 
for Harvard Medical School's Office of 
Resource Development. She has a lot 
responsibility, is learning a lot. She takes 
graduate courses at Harvard's Extension 
Coll. In scant free time, she's Chair of 
the Steering Committee for the Boston 
Alumnae Club and is busy planning 
successful events including the annual 
Sweet Briar Day brunch. Visits with 
Sarah Bradford and Heather Carson '00 
have included a memorable run to NH for 
a Christmas tree. 

Vanessa Corry Julsen is almost 
finished with her first internship year 
at the U. of KY. She plans to apply for a 
hematology/oncology fellowship at UKY. 
Husband Trace loves his family medicine 
residency, looks forward to a sports 
medicine fellowship, too! Vanessa enjoys 
free time with son Austin and sees Emily 
Harris Geary '02 frequently. Vanessa will 
be Matron of Honor in Rebekah Burr's 
Sept. wedding and Rachel Sourder- 
Arguedas is a bridesmaid. Vanessa and 
Brie Vogler Midura catch up often over 
the phone. 

Elizabeth Finch Wright quit her job 
in Nov.; she and husband own a Tropical 
Smoothie Franchise in Norfolk, VA. 
Owning and operating this business is her 
full time job. She plans to open another 
store in VA Beach this year. 

Sarah Belanger received distinction 
honors on her Thesis on the sustainability 
of women's colleges from Oxford. 
She completed her MSc Degree in 
Comparative and International Education 
and is settling in Washington, DC as the 
manager of a non-profit. 

Natasha Nickodem has returned 
to the States. After earning a degree 
from the U. of St Andrews, she works at 
the Arts Club in downtown Chicago. She 
visited with Stephanie Sherrard in Feb. 

Agnes Sabat moved to Blacksburg, 
VA to begin a Laboratory Specialist 
position in the Animal Sciences division 
at Virginia Tech. She will take classes 
towards her degree in Sports Nutrition 
this spring. She loves to participate in 
outdoor activities, especially rowing. 

Things are well for Sarah Houston 
in Albany. She enjoys her 5 min. commute 
and is pondering the idea of a Ph.D., year 

after next. Sarah and Tyler vacationed 
in FL, look forward to a vacation in May. 
Sarah keeps busy traveling and visiting 
friends from the Briar. She plans visits 
with Lys Burdette Paulhus and Sarah 
Belanger, Washington, DC; Natasha 
Nickodem, Chicago; and Christine 
Rangel, NY. 

Kyle Duval Blonde still joyfully 
teaches French, will be even happier 
when she completes her master's in Aug. 
She and husband Phil celebrated their 
5th anniversary in Playa Del Carmen in 
Oct., expecting their first baby in Sept.! 
Kyle hosted the Sweet Briar Day luncheon 
for the Dallas-Fort Worth Alumnae Club 
andsawTricia Hamilton 

Alden Rivers Potts in Atlanta 
has been a realtor for 4 years at 
Harry Norman Realtors. She married 
Carter Woodward Potts from Atlanta, a 
graduated from U. of GA, 4/06. Lauren 
Bell Laffitte and Alicia Hart Palmore 
'00 were bridesmaids. Sarah Lyn 
Schultheis Kashou read and Katie 
Whitlock Summers '99 was a greeter. 


Arney Elizabeth Walker 
1310 Princess St 
Alexandria, VA 22314-2212 


Kimberly Dawn Martin 
2411 SW 35th PI Apt 233 
Gainesville, FL 32608-3263 


Courtney Arnott Silverthorn is in her 
4th year of graduate school at Johns 
Hopkins U. She regrets that she wasn't at 
Homecoming. She had just returned from 
the International Melanoma Research 
Congress in the Netherlands. Courtney 
was named Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma 
Research Scholar for '07. She sees 
Evangeline Easterly Taylor '00 at JHU. 

Jessica Shannon graduated 
with a Master's of Divinity from Austin 
Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 
May. She is a hospital chaplain intern at 
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital for summer 
'07 and a chaplain resident at Memorial 
Hermann Hospital until Sept. '08. Both 
hospitals are in Houston. T\ 

Hailey Hickman Hermosa 
graduated from Old Dominion U. in 
May with a Masters in Environmental 
Science. She's touring the country with 
husband Paul Hermosa and promoting 
his music career. Hailey visited Camille 

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Simmons Evans '04 and husband in 
Bermuda. Hailey stays in touch with Leah 
Davis Philhower '04 and Diana Marshall 
'04, both live in Charlottesville, VA. She 
caught up with Khadine Fisher '04 in 
MD. Hailey invites everyone to check 
out her husband's tour schedule to see 
when she may be alumnae hometowns, 
she'd love to meet and catch up! www. 

Margaret Vanhook finished a 2nd 
year teaching atTates Creek (IB) h. s. in 
Lexington, KY. She was chosen as one 
of 12 KY educators to participate in the 
Alantik-Brucke program in Germany. 
Margaret looks forward to attending their 
gala this Jun. in NY. She still teaches 
dance and choreographs events in her 
community. She is an h. s. swim coach. 
Her team was 6th in the state. Margaret 
returned to SBC in May to be the Maid of 
Honor in Shannon O'Neil's ('02) wedding. 
Margaret enjoyed catching up with Bre 
Liebring '04 over winter break. 

Christine Aline Nail and husband 
celebrated the birth of their first child, 
2/26/07 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Brandon 
Oliver Nail weighed 8lbs, 11oz. Husband 
Josh has changed law firms and is at the 
Philadelphia firm of Dolchin, Slotkin, & 
Todd, P.C. They welcome SBC grads who 
want to visit! 

Nahliah Webber returned to the 
USA in 9/06 after 3 years of living/ 
working in China. She recently moved 
from Atlanta to Baltimore. 

Courtney Yerdon Gleason and 
husband David celebrated their 2-year 
wedding anniversary in 9/06. She 
is a CFA level 1 candidate at BB&T, 
Richmond. Courtney ran a half-marathon 
in April in Charlottesville. She keeps in 
touch with Lara Hansen Dickens and 
soon-to-be-married Lindsay Kinyon 

In Jan., Amanda Crighton left 
Atlanta to begin a new career as a 
Marketing/Sales Specialist in Cincinnati, 
OH. She is having a great time and keeps 
in touch with Lana Davis, Bre Leibering 
04, Meghan Koury. Anna Yankee, 
Courtney Pfaff Kimble, Shirley 
Pinson and Christy Maxwell 

Bobbi Conklin will marry Tim 
Lampron 6/1 9/08 at the Greystone 
Castle in Canastota, NY. She earned a 
Masters in Education in 5/06 and will be 
completing a 2-year commitment to the 
NYC Teaching Fellows. She was a Special 
Education Teacher last year, grades K- 
3, and this year she teaches 4th grade 
general education at Public School 1 21 
in the Bronx. 

In 7/05, Ashley Johnson started 
to take over her family business. Ashley 
had a mini reunion in Sept. with Kelly 
Monical Jones '02, Lori Smith Nilan '02 
and Denise McDonald '02 at Lake Wylie, 
SC. Ashley is engaged to Brian McGee, is 
busy wedding planning. 

Courtney Pfaff Kimble is an 
Emergency Room RN for Culpeper 

Hospital. She received a Bachelors degree 
in Nursing from U. of Miami in 5/06, 
and plans to pursue a Nurse Practitioner 
degree next fall. She takes care of her 
father who suffered a traumatic brain 
injury from a horse accident. In Jan., 
Courtney attended the Sweet Briar Hunt 
Club Assoc. Wine Tasting at the Galloping 
Grape in Warrenton, VA. 

Kaitlyn Johnson has been working 
for a year with the San Juan Island EMS 
in Washington State. She was elected 
EMT Assoc. Secretary and selected as 
Medical Supply Officer for an aid unit. 
She continues to renovate the Friday 
Harbor Inn and Friday's Historic Inn with 
photographs. Kaitlyn mattes, frames, and 
hangs the photographs in remodeled 

Tiffany Williamson Norwood 
married Ryan Norwood of Richmond, 
VA, 11/1 8/06. Kylene Smith was a 
bridesmaid in the wedding. Tiffany, 
Kylene, Angela Grisby. Tara Conte. and 
Megan Gaillardet had a mini reunion in 
Jun. Tiffany's husband will play baseball 
in Daytona Beach this summer, so she 
hopes to catch up with Tara! 

Tara Conte in St. Petersburg, FL is 
pursuing her nurse anesthetist degree. 
She enjoys life on the water. She visited 
with Kylene Smith in NC. 

Anne Marie Clarke lives in Amherst, 
VA. Since graduation she has worked for 
the Robert E. Lee Soil and Conservation 
District. She also hosts her own radio 
show on SBC's station WNRS 89.9 FM. In 
Jan., she won the Leeway's Home Grown 
Music Network's Radio Station of the Year 
Award, a national honor! Besides her love 
of music she's involved with many stream 
restoration projects in the county. 

Julia Schmitz had an academic 
paper accepted for publication. This 
year she served as President of the 
Graduate Student Association at UAB, 
representing graduate student needs to 
the administration and served on various 
committees. She was selected for Who's 
Who Among American Colleges and 
Universities. 5/06, she traveled to Miami 
to present new experimental findings at 
the American Assoc, of Immunologists 
meeting. When she's not busy in lab, 
she's busy at church teaching 5th grade 
religion, playing in hand bell choir, or 
singing in folk choir! 

Nicole Crowder, in her last year 
of grad. school, is busy looking for a 
faculty position at a small college or a 
post doctoral fellowship. She is looking 
forward to Sheena Belcher's ('05) 
wedding in Jun. 

Shirley Pinson graduated from 
Converse Coll., 1 2/06, with a Masters 
degree. She has been teaching World 
History at a local h. s. in Spartanburg, 
SC, and hopes to start classes for her 
doctorate within the next year. Shirley 
wishes everyone well, and looks forward 
to our reunion, 5/08! 

I, Kimberly Martin, am working 
on a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the U. of 
FL. I have enjoyed watching the Gators 
win basketball and football National 
Championships! I've been working with 
Senator Bob Graham and the faculty at 
UF to create the Graham Center for Public 
Service. We developed a Certificate in 
Public Leadership and Bachelor's and 
Master's degrees in Public Policy. Feel 
free to take a look at what we've been 

I see Lisa Renfrow frequently. Lisa 
works at Walt Disney World in Orlando. 
Lisa and I plan to meet Professor Jeff 
Key this summer in Daytona. Professor 
Key now works at Hardin-Simmons U. in 
Abilene, TX. 


Ms. Grace Anna Farnsworth 

PO Box 73 

Sweet Briar, VA 24595 


Amanda Jane Watts 
4223 S. 12th Rd. Apt. 1 
Arlington, VA. 22204 

Hello ladies! I hope you're ready for 
warmer months ahead. Thanks to you 
who submitted notes; if you aren't getting 
my reminder emails, please send me an 
email with your current email address. 
I'm completing my first year at GWU in 
their Forensic Sciences grad program. 
I'm also an Investigative Assistant with 
the Arlington County Police Dept. in the 
Robbery/Homicide Division, and I got a 
job with the Secret Service. I look forward 
to summer months and to attending the 
weddings of Amy Walker '06, Sheena 
Belcher and Jan Jennings Sheena 
Belcher will marry Matthew Hubbard, 
6/1 6/07 in Abingdon, VA. She works in 
the Sweet Briar Admissions Office. Jan 
Jennings is tying the knot with Kerry 
Need on 7/7/07 in IN. Courtney Parti 
lives in Washington, DC and will graduate 
in 5/07 from Catholic U. with a Masters 
of Social Work, concentration in clinical 
health care. Liz Eager Marvel married 
Brett 6/06 and had Lauren Wade, 
Karen Dennehy. Dana Ripperton 
and Erin Gibbs as her bridesmaids. 
She lives in South Bend. IN, but plans 
to move to Indianapolis where Brett will 
begin medical school in the summer. 
She hopes to apply to grad schools this 
year and is studying for the GRE. She 
visited VA during her birthday and spent 
time with Lauren, Karen, Gibbs, Maggie 
Murray '06, Kerri Martin Julia Geyer 

and Casey Knapp. She looks forward 
to being a bridesmaid in Casey Knapp's 
wedding this May. Cathy Sobke attends 
law school at FL International U., Miami. 
She'll spend the summer in Seville, Spain 
taking classes. Casey Poore teaches 6th 
grade in Blackstone, VA. She is working 
towards her teacher licensure. She also 
teaches competition dance in Amelia, 
VA and is busy planning her wedding to 
Dustin Flippin, 6/9/07. Sarah Parson 
will be a bridesmaid in her wedding. 
Maggie Murray joined the Peace Corps, 
leaves for Panama in May to work on 
sustainable agricultural systems. Dana 
Ripperton, also in the Peace Corps, is in 
Ukraine teaching English. Ashley Rogers 
took a job as Deputy Press Secretary for 
Senate Republican Leader McConnell. 
She took a trip down to Charlottesville, 
VA and spent time with Janie Glen 
Gotherman Michelle Moshier. and 
Tamra Scott 06. Mandi Ponton lives 
in Charlottesville, VA and works as an 
assistant Curator at Michie Tavern. She 
is planning her wedding to Paul Dean in 
Nelson County, 9/8/07. 

Brooke Middleton, at Lynchburg 
Coll., Is working on her Med in 
Community Counseling, plans to graduate 
in 2008. Nell Champoux, Syracuse, 
NY and is working towards her Ph.D. in 
Religion at Syracuse U. She says she 
loves being back in school, hopes to stay 
there for a long time. Monique Sample 
visited me for a weekend and was able 
to catch up with Heather Wright. Sue 
Knouse, and Katie Vaughan '06. She 
also made it down to SBC to attend 
Misty Vandergriff Forsberg's '04 baby 
shower and she caught up with Misty, 
Kelli Bergmann Thomasson '04, Mary 
Davis Blood '04, Grace Farnsworth '04, 
Beth Farnsworth Sue Knouse Denva 
Jackson, Autumn Fish '04. Meredith 
Shaw Hansen '04, Michelle Badger '06, 
and the adorable new arrival, Auden 
Forsberg. She enjoys life in Richmond, 
VA working at Circuit City Inc. Heather 
Wright is finishing her first year of grad 
school at GWU, is preparing for a summer 
internship at the US Dept. of State as a 
Graduate Pickering Fellow. She works 
part-time as a human resources clerk 
at Kirkland and Ellis LLP. Jen Woodson 
graduated with a MA in Foreign Language 
(Spanish) from GMU. She now teaches 
Spanish at Central VA Community Coll. 
and at the Hargrave Military Academy. 
She's planning her wedding for 6/23/07. 
Heather Armstrong currently lives in 
Richmond, VA, ishing a asters Degree 
in Occupational Therapy at VCU. She 
married Mark back in 6/06 and will be 
moving to Norfolk, VA in Aug. so that 
Mark can begin medical school in fall. 

Samira Hossain bought a condo 
this year in DC, moved there in Feb. 
She managed to travel to Paris and 
Cancun on vacation. She spends time 
with Lynsie Watkins Nancy Kirbo 

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Heather Wright Diana Boncheva Ana 
Ciric. and Christina Marchetti Hilary 
Cooper will marry Matthew, 8/25/07 in 
Richmond, they just purchased their first 
home in CaryTown. Katherine Parnell 
Robinson married Donald, 10/06 
in Birmingham, AL. Her bridesmaids 
included Alisa Cline Berry '03, Megen 
Blaesing '07, Corinne Davies '07, Abby 
Adams '06, Lindsey Cline '07, and Chris 
Murphy '06. Megan Knight joined 
Montague Miller & Co. as a real estate 
agent. Congratulations to all of you 
getting married and already married! I 
wish you the best! Good luck to those of 
you in graduate school! Please keep me 
informed about the happenings of your 
lives. Take care ladies! 


Victoria Chappell 

350 South County Rd., #102 

Palm Beach, FL 33480 

Miriam Choi still enjoys southern 
CA weather and working for Strategic 
Merchandising Partners. She's training 
to be a field manager where she'll be 
responsible for representatives who visit 
the retail stores NATIONWIDE and put 
up displays for their clients. She loves 
it! Her sociology major helps her much. 
She attended SBC's Spring Fling, met 
with many friends. Abby Adams lives in 
Baltimore, MD with Joanna Meade. 2 
cats, and dog. One small happy family! 
She attends nursing school at Johns 
Hopkins, enjoys it much! She was in 
Heather Link's ('05) wedding, Jun. and 
attended Tabitha Dixon s wedding, 
Mar. She hopes to work with babies in a 
hospital this summer Karina Fernandez 
works for Planned Parenthood and the 
Center for Disease Control and Prevention 
(CDC). She is an Adaptation Specialist, 
participates in an adapting research 
intervention pilot study with CDC. One of 
5 studies in the nation, they're the only 
ones targeting HIV Seropositive Hispanic 
MSM. This is a community based HIV 
prevention intervention that helps to 
create a social environment in which 
gay/bisexual men feel comfortable and 
empowered in making decisions to avoid 
high-risk sexual behaviors. She interviews 
individuals, writes publication papers, and 
coordinates events, loves it! As of Dec, 
Jodie Weber is a police officer with the 
Charlottesville Police Department. She 
graduated from the police academy on 
4/18/07; hit the streets of Charlottesville 
for field training. 

Jessica Mercier and Alexandra 
Blair share a townhouse in Sterling, 
VA. Jessica works in Finance for BAE 
Systems and Alex does Administration 
for Solutex. Never a dull moment in DC! 

Kerry Buxton lives in Queen's Village, 
Philadelphia, within walking distance 
of the Italian Market, South Street, and 
Penn's Landing. Work as a case manager 
at a Dual-Diagnosis group home for 
high-functioning adults is fulfilling. There 
she introduces new projects such as a 
gardening group and a mural project for 
her clients. Kerry joined the Fleischer 
Community Art Center where she takes 
free classes in figure drawing, pastels, 
and printmaking. She supports the 
Friends of Art and the Friends of the 
Library at Sweet Briar, and returned to 
SBC to attend their annual meeting, Mar. 
Suzy Harvey is in the Biomathematics 
Ph.D. program at NCSU, loves it! She 
works as aTA in the Statistics dept., 
holds tutoring hours, proctors exams, 
and helps grade 600-700 finals. Now 
for the really great news: Phillip Hodge 
proposed to her 3/9/07. They'll be 
married in Jul.! She can't wait! They're 
looking for houses near Raleigh. Along 
with planning her wedding she'll do 
research at NCSU in the Biomathematics, 
summer. Nancy Kleinhaus is working in 
Tampa, FL at an all-girls private Catholic 
h. s. called Academy of the Holy Names. 
She's an Advancement Assistant with 
Reunion Events and Fundraising (similar 
to what she did at SBC's Alumnae 
House). Still engaged to Chris Carr (FSU 
Alum), wedding in 3/08 at Snowshoe 
Ski Resort in WV. She visited with some 
other alumnae during an Alumnae Event 
at Jackson's in Tampa, FL with Louise 
Zigaro '80, Dir. of the Alumnae Assoc, 
and Heidi Hansen McCrory, VP for 
Development at SBC. 

Katharine Parnell married Donald 
Robinson (HSC '02) on 1 0/7/06 at 
Mountain Brook Club in Birmingham, 
AL. Tons of SBC girls there included 
bridesmaids Alisa Cline Berry '03 and 
Megen Blaesing '07. Chris Murphy. 
Abby Adams, Lindsey Cline '07, and 
Corinne Davies '07 were attendants. 
Their honeymoon was a 2-week cruise 
through the Panama Canal. They have a 
house in Middleburg, VA. Jenny Lynn 
moved to FL, works at the St. Augustine 
Lighthouse and Museum in historic St. 
Augustine. As Museum Educator, she 
writes history-related tours and programs 
for schoolchildren, scout troops, and 
adult groups who visit. Part of the job 
includes standing at the top of the 165 
ft. tower, where it's important to keep an 
eye on wind speeds and weather, answer 
questions for guests, and keeping an eye 
on the (functioning) first order Fresnel 
lens, like a real lighthouse keeper! This 
summer, she'll teach summer camp at 
the Lighthouse and surf or sail during off 
time. Brook Helburn lives and works 
in NYC. Over summer she worked a list 
of temporary and part time positions. 
She assisted a fashion photographer, 
occasionally assisted a DJ and was a 
make-up artist's assistant for a pop 

music video shoot. In fall, she got a 
temporary position in Advertising at 
"Black Entertainment TV." This became a 
permanent position by Feb. After her 2nd 
officially permanent day she went to her 
first event, "Rip the Runway" hosted by 
Ciara and Chris Brown. She loves having 
guests in NYC, don't hesitate to contact 
her. Gwen Reyes works in Dallas for a 
small marketing and promotions company 
called, where she does 
author event planning and travels tons. 
She completed a month-long internship 
with AFI Dallas International Film Festival, 
which was so awesome (she met the 
beautiful Lauren Becall)! During business 
trips she visited Nancy Kirbo '05, Sara 
Ostrow and Monique Sample. She'll 
move to DC in the next few months. If 
anyone has suggestions, please forward 
them to her! Jill Frier worked as an 
Environmental Scientist at a consulting 
firm near DC. In May, she transitioned 
to a new position in the company as an 
Outreach Specialist. Also in May, she 
returned to Ireland to visit friends from 
her JYA. 

Melissa Massy and Kerri Faust 
enjoy city life in downtown Denver, CO. 
Melissa works at The Delores Project, a 
local women's homeless shelter. While 
counseling the clients at the shelter, she's 
also responsible for helping them find 
permanent housing and employment. 
The job is demanding, but rewards are 
immense. Kerri works as a Marketing 
Assistant at David Evans and Associates, 
an Environmental Engineering firm. 
She enjoys her job and the challenges 
each day brings. Melissa and Kerri 
spend weeknights entertaining friends 
in their apt., running at the park, or 
checking out the downtown scene. 
They spend weekends outdoors. In 
winter, they're found at Copper Mt. 
snowboarding the slopes. In spring, 
they're hiking or kayaking in Boulder. 
Anyone wanting to visit CO feel free 
to contact them. They love visitors! 
Allison Martell loves Columiba, SC. 
She's working for Davis-Garvin Agency 
in the Hunting Club department until 
she figures out what to conquer next. 
She enjoys exploring SC and takes fun 
classes like cake decorating in spare 
time. Kathleen Wilson accepted a 
co-op position with General Electric 
(G.E.) in the Environmental Safety and 
Health Department, Louisville, KY. She's 
excited about the year-long position. 
She completed the first year of her 
Masters degree at IN U., School of Public 
and Environmental Affairs majoring in 
Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology 
and Risk Assessment. After G.E. she'll 
return to IU to complete her Masters. 
Michelle Badger .vorks at SBC in the 
Annual Fund. She goes to DC to meet 
other SBC graduates often. She has gone 
to both of the Peace Marches in DC. If 
anyone wants to go to one. let her know. 

She'd love to meet with you for a march. 
She hopes everyone is well! Michelle 
Clark is assistant programmer for an 
environmental non-profit organization 
in Tampa, FL. The organization lobbies 
for environmental justice nation-wide, 
exciting work! Since moving to Tampa in 
Sept., she's worked 2 political campaigns 
and won both. She stays busy! 

Cara Cherry is finishing her 
first year at VA-MD Regional Coll. of 
Veterinary Medicine. Her studies focus 
on nontraditional government/corporate 
aspect of vet medicine. Summer, she'll 
work under an NIH funded research 
project genetically-modifying a strain of 
bacteria. When she isn't being a complete 
science nerd, she enjoys, oh wait... she 
is always a nerd. Jennifer Jones was 
married to Thomas Collins (VMI) on 
7/1/06. They spent summer in Lexington, 
VA while Thomas continued to work at 
VMI. In Aug. she continued her education 
at SBC in the Masters of Education 
program. She moved back on campus 
and her husband left for GA and TX for 
Army training. On Jan. 1 he completed 
training. They moved to Fort Campbell, 
KY. Upon arrival he was informed that 
deployment to Iraq might be sooner than 
planned. Jennifer decided to find a job 
and leave SBC. She began teaching 8th 
grade science at Montgomery Central 
Middle School in Clarksville, TN. It has 
been an experience so far, but she is 
glad to be teaching. Choosing to quit 
school allowed her to start a real life in 
her own home. They now have a kitty 
named Campbell. Tommy is set to deploy 
to Baghdad, end of Aug. Keep them in 
your prayers. 

Kate Dobie finished her internship 
at the MoMA in Dec. and went back to 
OR for a few weeks on holiday. After 
returning to NYC she was offered a job 
working for the Deputy Dir. of the 
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 
loves her job! She works with the 
trustees, aids Development with the 
Capital Campaign, and assists with 
Special Events. She lives in NJ (4 hour 
commute round-trip every day!) while 
saving to move to the Upper East Side 
closer to work. She participated in SBC's 
First Year Out Panel and had a mini- 
reunion with friends. Ivey Tabor Godfrey 
was married 6/3/06 at the Founder's Inn 
in VA Beach, VA to a HSC graduate. They 
moved to Wake Forest, NC where he 
attends Southeastern Baptist Theological 
Seminary and she works full-time as 
a photographer's assistant Melissa 
Westhouse studies for her Masters in 
Criminal Justice Forensic Psychology 
at Tiffin U. in Tiffin, OH. It's a fantastic 
one-year program with classes during 
the summer. At the end of Aug. she'll be 
finished with her masters, but must wait 
until 5/08 to graduate. Her grades are 
excellent: she'll receive a special medal 
for this accomplishment. She maintains 

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Spring/Summer 2007 • 63 

a web blog, www. tiff indraaons. bloosoot. 
com , for her class. Julie Drake is back 
in CA! She enjoyed part of her summer 
relaxing, spent the 2nd half working 
with a kindergarten summer program 
teaching art. Since fall '06, she has 
been substitute teaching. In Jan. she 
started the multiple subject credential 
program at San Jose State U., loves it! 
She also cut 1 2" of hair for "Locks for 
Love." Nicki Brandt survived her first 
AK winter, working at the AK SeaLife 
Center in Seward, AK. She works with 
seabirds and other marine life. Spare time 
is spent experiencing true powder (snow) 
for skiing and snowboarding, hiking, and 
amazing photographic views! She has 
signed a year lease on a cute little apt. 
with an incredible view, she won't be 
homeless this summer. Last summer, 
she lived in her car! She has seen Jenn 
Wiley, now a fisheries biologist observer 
in the Bering Sea (think "Deadliest 

Catch") and has traveled to Denver, CO 
to see Kerry and Melissa's darling place. 
Ariel Avila works for the Department of 
Environmental Quality in Phoenix, AZ and 
does extreme rock climbing for fun. Julie 
Jacocks works for the Museum Trustee 
Assoc, and the Institute of Management 
Consultants as a Senior Associate 
through her company, Smith Bucklin. She 
travels for conferences all over the place. 
Jun., she'll be promoted to Coordinator 
and is taking a Grant Writing USA class. 
Also in Jun., The National Council for 
Advanced Manufacturing will be her client 
and she's taking the LSAT. 

Nicole Traylor and her puppy Pearl 
moved to Charlotte, NC. She's at UNC 
in Charlotte for grad. school, works on a 
post-bacc. in education. She'll teach h. s. 
for a couple of years to save money. She 
plans on attending UNC at Wilmington to 
get a Masters in Marine Biology. Lauren 
Martin will start the DPT (doctorate of 

Physical Therapy) program at Medical 
Coll. of GA, May. 3/10/07 she was maid 
of honor in Tabitha Dixon's wedding to 
Andrew Ward (LU). A bunch of SBC girls 
were there; it was such a blast. Tabitha 
was so gorgeous! Paula Kirkland 
works for SBC. She and her fiance, Mike 
Ledbetter, a VA state trooper, just bought 
their first house and will marry 8/07. 
Colleen Karaffa is immersed in wedding 
plans, honeymoon plans (Italy is a go!), 
and moving plans. She's excited for the 
big day, 5/26/07! After that, she'll be 
Editor of the SBC Alumnae Magazine. 
She still designs and sells handmade 
jewelry, hopes this will become a real 
business when time allows. She and 
Brandon welcome visitors to our old 
familiar area after moving to the new 
apt, late Jun. Victoria Chappell lives 
in beautiful Palm Beach, FL. She works 
for NewsMax Medias as an Information 
Research Assistant and as an office 

assistant for a primary care doctor. 
Besides work she has fun traveling 
and visiting her favorite people. She's 
excited for summer when she'll be a 
bridesmaid in several friends' weddings! 
Leigh Darrell finished her first year of 
law school at the U. of Baltimore. She, 
Molly Mitchell Maureen McGuire. 
and Joanna Meade made a road trip to 
SBC in Feb. to cheer on the Vixen swim 
team at ODACs, where they visited both 
Michelle Badger and Cara Cherry She 
had a visit from Kate Dobie in Mar, and 
visited Laura Pierce in KY. Leigh looks 
forward to summer clerking for a district 
court judge, and taking classes. Charis 
Trevathan is engaged to Chris Chase (VMI 
'06). They'll marry next spring upon his 
return from deployment in Iraq. She is 
currently working in claims for GEICO and 
enjoying herself. 


Focus on Tusculum's architectural and 
ancestral homecoming 

Fourth Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta 
Student Field Hockey, Soccer, 
Volleyball Games 

Student In-House Horse Show 
Alumnae Field Hockey, Soccer Games 
Alumnae Swim Meet 
Athletics Hall of Fame Induction 
Luncheon honoring Indiana Fletcher 
Williams Associates and Silver Rose Society 


Founders' Day Convocation 

Presentation of 2007 Distinguished 

Alumna Award 

Induction of New Keystone Society 


Procession to Monument Hill 

Service/Placing of Memorial Flowers 

Founders' Day Community Picnic 


Fall Alumnae Association Board Meetings 

Friends of Athletics Steering Committee 


Visiting Committee on the Riding Program 

Boxwood Circle, Reunion, Young Alumnae 
Giving Volunteer Training 


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Rebecca McCord, Professor of Music, talks about supporting Sweet Briar 

"Exceptional faculty are the very 

heart of Sweet Briar," says Professor 

Rebecca McCord. "Faculty give their 

time, effort, energy, and ideas to 

make Sweet Briar a positive learning 

environment. Faculty can also make 

a financial investment in the same 

programs thai empower our students 

to become outstanding leaders." 

Professor McCord is a Professor of Music — and an Indiana 
Fletcher Williams Associate. Sweet Briar College came 
into existence over one hundred years ago through the 
generous bequest of Indiana Fletcher Williams. Williams 
Associates are those individuals who have followed 
Indiana's example by making provisions in their estate 
plans for Sweet Briar College, and so help assure the 
College's future financial viability. "When you are on 
this beautiful campus every day, you develop a unique 
viewpoint of the issues and challenges facing the students, 
faculty, and administration," she explains. "The faculty and 
staff understand where support is needed the most and, 
through their generosity, they can help the College achieve 
long-term goals." 

Financial provision for a particular program or aspect 
of the College is one way to support the work faculty do 
for women's education — it signifies a belief in the future 
of the College. A simple way to provide this patronage is 
through a planned gift. 

As a small liberal arts college, Sweet Briar's interactive 
environment requires involvement from those in many areas 
across campus to ensure success in keeping the College at 
the forefront of women's education. 

"Everyone should fully support Sweet Briar by attending 
College events and giving generously to support faculty 
endowments, academic and cultural programs, student 
scholarships, and our library," Professor McCord urges. 

Even more than raising a particular dollar amount, 
she would like to see the Sweet Briar faculty achieve 100 
percent giving participation in some form, whether through 
planned gifts or Annual Fund gifts — an achievement that 
would reflect the faculty's deeply held confidence in the 
College's mission of providing an outstanding liberal arts 

"I am not a wealthy person, but I want to leave 
a legacy and pass on the privileges afforded to well 
educated, committed women." 

You can easily join Professor McCord in making Sweet 
Briar a part of your estate plan. A simply executed tetter 
of Intent, attached as a codicil to your will, indicate* 
continued support for the College. 

To learn more aboul the personal, financial, and charitable 
advantages of making an estate gift or to request the Letter of 
Intent form, please contact Tl 
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